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Woman admits killing a man she pushed in front of a tram

A woman has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a man who she pushed into the path of a moving tram in Manchester.

Philip Carter, a 30 year old labourer, died after being struck near Victoria station in June.

Philip Carter

Charrissa Brown-Wellington denied a murder charge today, but admitted unlawfully killing Mr Carter.

She'll be sentenced next month.

Charrissa Brown-Wellington

Guardiola believes League Cup is a waste of energy

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes English clubs might be better without the "wasted energy" of a League Cup campaign.

The Spaniard echoed the view expressed by United counterpart Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, when the Portuguese suggested the domestic game could perhaps "survive or even be better without this competition", which United won last season.

Guardiola, like most managers, made major changes for the midweek cup win over West Brom and is poised to switch back to a first-choice XI for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

There were eight alterations to the team sheet for the game against the Baggies compared to the team which thrashed Watford last weekend, with City facing a hectic schedule which includes games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea before the end of the month.

"Business is business, but we have a lot of games," Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the Palace match.

"If you have to play the competition you have to play the competition, but it is a title that when you win it is okay, but after that people don't give too much credit.

"You don't promote to go to international competitions. The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of energy.

"You can't imagine going to play Tony Pulis teams at West Bromwich Albion, play 90 minutes there in those conditions, and then after three or four hours - bus, come back, three days later Crystal Palace, three days later Shakhtar Donetsk, three or four days later Stamford Bridge.

"For the managers it is a lot of wasted energy, but we knew that before, so it is not a complaint in those terms. If we have to play we have to play."

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Missing Chloe found 'safe and well'

A teenage girl who was reported missing in Rochdale two weeks ago has been found safe and well.

Greater Manchester Police say 17-year-old Chloe Campbell is currently with officers who are providing her with support.

They say a man who was wanted on suspicion of child abduction and on recall to prison has also been traced.

Concern in North West for loved ones after Caribbean hurricane

It's now four days since a hurricane caused devastation and claimed the lives of about 15 people on the small Caribbean island of Dominica.

But Dominican people living here in the North West such as Joseph Frampton from Salford have been telling us about fears for friends and family back home.

Dominica has strong links to Britain.

Its population of 70,000 are still reeling from the shock of Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm, which damaged just about every building there.

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Mourinho not crying or counting the days to Pogba returns

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he's not going to cry or count the days until Paul Pogba returns from injury.

The French midfielder will miss this weekend's game at Southampton because of a hamstring injury and Mourinho says he has no idea when he'll return.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Third Round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

At his pre match media briefing the United boss also revealed how he's been impressed with Antony Martial's improved mood around the club.

The 21 year old has scored four goals in seven appearances for the Reds this season and Mourinho says he's a happier person than last season.

Rochdale man crowned World's Strongest Disabled Man

Meet Greg officially crowned the World’s Strongest Disabled Man - who struggles to get up the stairs but can pull a truck with his bare hands.

Greg Bramwell, a warehouse worker from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was born with a hereditary spinal condition, which means his mobility is severely limited.

But the determined father-of-one - who doesn’t use a wheelchair, but is unable to walk very far - has transformed himself into a one-man powerhouse.

Greg, 31, saw off competitors from across the globe to take the title of World’s Strongest Disabled Manat at London’s Olympic Park earlier this month.

He clinched victory after competing in five gruelling events, including a van pull and the fearsome Atlas stones.

Greg took up weight-lifting aged 19, but it was only when he took part in a few training sessions with one of his strongman heroes in 2014 that he began concentrating on competing.

I used to watch the World’s Strongest Man as a kid, but never thought that as a disabled person I could do something like that.

“But a few years ago I did some personal training with Laurence Shahlaei (formerly Europe’s Strongest Man) and he told me about the World’s Strongest Disabled Man championship.

“Since then that’s been my purpose in my life.

“Training gives me a goal and a purpose.”

– Greg
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Greg finished fifth in last year’s world championships and qualified for this year’s contest by winning the notoriously tough Viking contest in Iceland earlier this year,

He works in the parts department at an engineering firm and trains at the Full Contact Performance Centre in Castleton plus specialist strongman gyms in Leigh and Clitheroe, Lancashire.

New technology promised for North West transport system

The Transport Secretary has insisted he wants to give the North West the newest, best and smartest technology.

There's been criticism over the government's investment in the region's road and rail network.

Chris Grayling has announced £5 million today for plans to make trains between Manchester and York digitally controlled.

He says railways in the North are undergoing their biggest transformation for decades:

First all electric bus on trial in Manchester

Credit: Transport for Greater Manchester

The first hundred per cent electric bus of its kind in the UK is to go on trial in Manchester.

It's part of a wider plan to cut traffic in what is the second most congested city in the UK.

It's claimed the bus will have zero emissions and a much quicker charge time than any used before.

Credit: Transport for Greater Manchester

Congestion is a crippling problem facing so many roads in Greater Manchester.

It affects people’s quality of life, it costs our businesses and it creates poor air quality that contributes to illness and premature death. This can’t carry on.

“That’s why I am launching my ‘congestion conversation’ today. I want to get people’s views on tackling congestion, what impact it has, what causes it and ideas on how we can work together to make things better.

I want to find out what it would take to encourage people to leave their cars at home and instead use public transport, cycle to work, or car share with others.”

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
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