The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 11, 2009

Allied Irish Funds Latest Gallan Plan; FINANCE
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor The Birmingham branch of Allied Irish Bank (GB) has funded local property developer Gallan Group's latest project. The bank gave funding for the land purchase and development of a 270,000 sq ft mixed...
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Apostrophe Sign Row Has Made Birmingham 'A Laughing Stock'
Byline: NEIL ELKES Public Affairs Correspondent A decision to drop the possessive apostrophe on city street signs has made Birmingham a laughing stock, it has been claimed. And the opposition Labour Group have vowed to bring it back if they return...
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Australian Authorities Review Policy of Letting Residents Decide Whether to Flee; INTERNATIONAL
Authorities searching for answers to the carnage from Australia's worst wildfires said they would rethink policies of allowing residents to decide whether to evacuate. Officials defended their preparation and actions in last weekend's unprecedented...
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Bad News for Muggers - Steven's Anti-Theft Strap
A former saddler has a brand new concept In the bag for the historic Walsall leather Industry - a new strap which alms to foil potential thieves. Steven Heeley, who has received support from Black Country Chamber and Black Country Enterprise, was...
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Bank Bosses 'Sorry' as Thousands of Jobs Go
Byline: ALUN THORNE Head of Business The ailing banking sector announced a further raft of job losses as two of the men widely held responsible for bringing the sector to its knees apologised for their role in the global financial crisis. On...
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Big Four Tell of Price They Paid for UK's Bank Disaster; BANKING Bosses Are Profoundly Sorry for What Happened
Byline: HOLLY WILLIAMS AND DANIEL BENTLEY Former bosses of bailed-out banks Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HBOS said they were "profoundly sorry" yesterday and admitted they under-estimated the extent of the financial crisis. Sir Fred Goodwin,...
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Bigger Worries Than Oil Prices; City View
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Petrol prices are creeping up again. At a pump I pass most days I noticed that a queue builds up most mornings and vanishes in the afternoon. Then I spotted, as the queuing motorists had already, that the place has...
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Birmingham Food Firm Seal Pounds 5m Factory Deal; FINANCE CATERING RBS Play Key Role as Scheff Move to West Bromwich
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor A Birmingham-based food company has secured a funding package to build a pounds 5milllon newfactory In West Bromwich as It looks to expand. Scheff Foods, a manufacturer of frozen ready meals and...
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BIRMINGHAM POST COMMENT: Running Scared of the Mayoral Debate; 24 HOURS
A government White Paper, Communities in control: Real people, real power, has some interesting things to say about future governance arrangements for local councils. It deserves, at the very least, serious consideration by elected members of all local...
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Blinded by Money and Power as Crisis Loomed
A former HBOS executive claimed yesterday he was fired after raising concerns that the bank was exposing itself to too much risk. Paul Moore, who was dismissed as head of group regulatory risk in 2005, told MPs it was obvious then that the bank...
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BNP Teacher Sparks Anti-Facist Protests
Byline: EMMA McKINNEY Staff Reporter Protesters brandished placards in a Birmingham city centre demonstration against a teacher accused of using school equipment during lesson time to post racismon websites. Around 50 anti-fascism campaigners...
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Brady Is Arrested in Tax Probe
Byline: ALISON DAYANI Staff Reporter Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady has been re-arrested by police as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in English football, it has emerged. The 39-year-old was questioned by City...
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Builder's New Pounds 400m Scheme to Help First Time Buyers; FINANCE
Homebuyers in the West Midlands are being given a boost after a house builder released 165 properties in the region under the Government's pounds 400million Home buy Direct scheme. The initiative will help first time buyers and those in need of...
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Car Sales in Emerging Markets Grind to Halt; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: JEAN-MICHEL BELOT The car making industry is caught in a catastrophe that has spread throughout the world as even key emerging markets manufacturers banked on for growth have ground to a halt, a top French executive said yesterday. Christian...
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Cheaper Pound Brings Marginal Rise in Exports; TRADE
The first hint that British exporters are starting to benefit from the cheaper pound, despite falling demand in importing countries, came yesterday with official trade numbers for December. National Statistics reported that exports of goods picked...
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City Firm Clinches Exclusive Rights to Cockpit Software Success; INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
The exclusive UK and European rights to a software application already successfully helping companies in product development processes throughout the world has been acquired by a Birmingham business solutions firm. The software Is already being...
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Code Error Sent Holidaymaker 1,300 Miles from Her Destination; NATIONAL
A holidaymaker who booked a three-week trip said yesterday that she ended up 1,300 miles away from her chosen destination after her travel agent mixed up her flights. Samantha Lazzaris booked atrip of a lifetime to Costa Rica, In Central America,...
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Commission Delays Approving France Pledge to Auto Companies
France's plan to aid Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen risks breaching European Union rules and getting a thumbs down from Brussels unless it can enlist political support from other European countries with major auto industries. France pledged to...
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Cricket: Flintoff Calls for Team to Work for Each Other; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com Former Skipper Denies Any Rift with IPL Rival Pietersen
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON, PA SPORT St John's, Atigua Former captain Andrew Flintoff has called on his England colleagues to pull together as they seek to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Caribbean Test series. England last night held their first team...
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Dedicated Team to Tackle Business Crime; LEGAL in Association with WWW.Wilkes.Co.UK Lawyers Set for Cases as Fraud Rates Rise in Recession
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor Law firm Challinors has set up a dedicated fraud and asset recovery team in Birmingham to deal with rising rates of reported business crime across the region. And fraud lawyers at firms across the...
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Djimi Adds High Level Experience; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP Mali International Is a Champions League Winner in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ANDY WALKER Staff reporter Birmingham City's latest arrival Djimi Traore is hoping to use his Champions League and international experience to lift his new side to promotion. The Mali international defender signed for the club late yesterday...
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Dudley Schools Miss out on Pounds 200m Funding; POLITICS
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor Schools Minister Jim Knight has offered to come to Dudley and help the council to secure a pounds 200 million fund to refurbish the borough's schools. He piled on the pressure as a Labour MP accused the...
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Ex-Priest in Extradition Move over Abuse Claims
Byline: MARK COWAN Crime Correspodent A former priest faces extradition from California over allegations of child sex abuse more than two decades ago. Fr James Robinson, who worked across Birmingham, the Black Country, Sutton Coldfield and Coventry...
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Faithful Keogh Gets Extension to Contract as a Fitting Reward; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: LISA SMITH Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Andy Keogh has been given a two-year contract extension to his current deal for his part in the club's meteoric rise to the top of the Coca Cola Championship table. The 22-year-old Ireland International...
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Falls Reflect a Negative Response to US Bail-Out; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
The FTSE 100 Index shed more than two per cent yesterday as markets reacted with initial disappointment to US economic rescue plans. Wall Street's Dow Jones Industrial Average was more than three per cent down - below 8,000 - amid early scepticism...
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Football: Beckham in Squad on Merit, Insists Capello; INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL No Sentiment Involved in Selection of Former Skipper
Byline: SIMON STONE, PA SPORT in Sevilla Fabio Capello insists David Beckham is in the England squad on merit, not out of sympathy for the former Three Lions skipper. Beckham will earn a place in the history books if he plays some part in tonight's...
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Funding Headache Eases Slightly for Defined Benefit Pensions Schemes; FINANCE
The funding position of defined benefit pensions improved slightly during January but 90 per cent of schemes still face a funding shortfall, figures have shown. The total deficit of the UK's nearly 7,800 defined benefit pensions, which includes...
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Golf: Dyson Feeling Fine on Return to Malaysia; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: COLIN PEREIRA, PA SPORT After a series of good performances in the Middle East, Simon Dyson is hoping to kick his European Tour season into gear when he returns to one of his favourite hunting grounds in South East Asia this week. Since...
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Hammonds One of the Best in Birmingham for Work Experience; LEGAL in Association with WWW.Wilkes.Co.UK
The Birmingham office of law firm Hammonds has been named one of the top places in the country for students to do work experience. Hammonds, based on Edmund Street, is one of three companies in the West Midlands to have been shortlisted for the...
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How Hack le Vack Haplessly Scripted Newbon Career
Byline: john bright I have discovered the man whose gross incompetence inflicted Gary Newbon on to our screens! Step forward Dale le Vack, now of Redditch PR firm ASAP. Will theMarch6 lunch at the Copthorne Hotel in Birmingham to celebrate the...
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How Recession Brings out the Entrepreneurs
Byline: HONOR BALDRY Business Staff With news graduate recruiters are reducing recruitment targets 17 per cent this year, an increasing number of enterprising students and graduates are deciding to abandon the traditional job hunt and set up their...
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Hussey Brothers See Australia Home to Set Up a Series Decider; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
David Hussey admitted it was "good fun" batting with brother Mike after the siblings helped Australia level the Commonwealth Bank Series with New Zealand yesterday. David hit 79 while older brother Mike made an unbeaten 75, finishing with a six...
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I Don't Need Whine - I Need a Sparkling, Clear Outlook
Byline: jon cooper Regular readers will know I have a magnetic repulsion to negativity; in particular to anyone who tries to drag me down into their whine cellar with them. Something happened this week, though, which made me think we should be...
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Inner City Hope and Humour; CULTURE Terry Grimley Meets the Writers of These Four Streets, a Play Inspired by Lozells
Byline: Terry Grimley Plays written by committees haven't always been conspicuous for their success, so it was a brave decision by Birmingham Rep to team six up-and-coming women playwrights to produce a new play inspired by the 2005 Lozells riots....
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Insolvencies to Reach a Record Level
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor Insolvencies shot up in the last quarter of 2008 - and are set to go even higher with a predicted 5,000 company collapses predicted by the end of 2009, according to KPMG. The financial services giant...
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Iran Is 'Ready for Talks' with United States, Says President; INTERNATIONAL
Iran said It would welcome talks with Its long-time enemy, the United States, provided they were "based on mutual respect". President Mahmoud Ahmadlnejad's announcement came a day after President Barack Obama said he was looking for opportunities...
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'Juggernaut Government on Road to Mass Unemployment'
Byline: CATHERINE LILLINGTON Staff Reporter Conservative leader David Cameron said the country would be unable to cope with mass unemployment ahead of new figures released today. Mr Cameron, speaking at a meeting of 1,000 social enterprise delegates...
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LDV Extends Shutdown into a Third Month; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: JON GRIFFIN Businesss Staff Production at Birmingham van-maker LDV will remain shut down for at least another week and a half as the commercial vehicle sales slump continues. The struggling Washwood Heath manufacturer says van-making...
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Leaders Duck Debate over Referendum on Elected Mayors
Byline: PAUL DALE Public Affairs Editor City political leaders have ducked out of a debate on Government plans to give Birmingham a greater chance of being run by a directly-elected mayor. Proposals in a White Paper to reduce the number of signatures...
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Legal Aid Revamp 'Will Reduce Access to Law' LEGAL
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor Plans to revamp the way legal aid contracts are applied for will reduce the number of solicitors providing civil legal aid and deny many vulnerable people access to justice at a time when it is needed...
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M3 Spreads Its Wings with New City Office; FINANCE EXPANSION Veteran Corporate Financier Seeking Entrepreneurs
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor A new corporate finance office has opened in Birmingham, after Bristol firm M3 decided the time was right to spread to the Midlands. Gary Hyem, a veteran corporate financier and venture capitalist,...
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M6 Death Crash Driver Used Laptop, Jury Told
Byline: MIKE HORNBY A police officer yesterday described to a jury the harrowing scene he witnessed after a family of six was wiped out in a motorway crash. David and Michelle Statham, of Llandudno, North Wales, and their four children were killed...
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Microsoft Boss Drops in for Safer Internet Day
Byline: JON GRIFFIN Business Staff Birmingham schools ventured onto the Information super-highway to find out about staying safe online on International Safer Internet Day. Highlight of the day was a talk to secondary age students by Microsoft's...
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Mortgage Adviser Group Is Shut Down by FSA; FINANCE
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor A Midlands group of mortgage advisers has been shut down after regulators said it had been tricking customers into unnecessary loans. About 100 jobs were lost after the FSA banned Warwick Finance,...
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Mowbray - Sack Race Is a Sign of the Times; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Albion Boss Says Owners Demand Instant Results in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ROB TANNER Staff reporter West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray was surprised two of his peers, Tony Adams and Luiz Felipe Scolari, became the latest Premier League managers to be sacked and said their departures were a symptom of the...
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New Schemes Recognise Key Role of Young Entrepreneurs
Since the government spelt out its commitment to young start-ups in its Enterprise Strategy last year a raft of schemes have been expanded or launched to help young people get started in business. The strategy, which was published as part of 2008's...
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No More Mr Nice Guy
Byline: chris upton Far be it from me to step into the BBC's little local difficulty with one or two of its presenters. Well, four presenters up to this point of writing (on Monday morning), or possibly five if we count Jeremy Clarkson twice. You'll...
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Obama Bail-Out Plan Is Passed; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: MATT WILLIAMS President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan was last night passed by the Senate with limited Republican support. The EUR838billlon (pounds 572billlon) package of tax breaks and public spending projects was approved 61...
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Old-Fashioned Swedish Bank Reaps Benefit of Its Caution; BANKING
A Swedish bank's "old fashioned" approach has seen its Midland operations thrive. Deposits have been pouring in to Handelsbanken as corporate and individual customers viewed it as one of the safest financial institutions. Loan losses and bad...
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Oxygen Generator Blast Killed Submariner, 20
Byline: TOM WILKINSON Submariners battled for 40 minutes to rescue two trapped comrades after an explosion under arctic ice, an inquest heard yesterday. Operator Mechanic Anthony Huntrod, 20, from Sunderland, and Leading Mechanic Operator Paul...
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Pearce's Youngsters Throw Away Two-Goal First-Half Advantage; UNDER-21 INTERNATIONAL in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: MIKE MCGRATH, PA SPORT in Malaga Stuart Pearce's England Under-21s threw away a two-goal lead against an experienced Ecuador in Malaga and lost their lengthy unbeaten record. Adam Johnson and Fraizer Campbell struck stunning first-half...
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Pressure to Be Top Boss Comes from within, Says Johnson; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BY ALEX LOWE, PA SPORT Martin Johnson believes he is feeling more pressure as boss of a struggling England team than Luiz Felipe Scolari did before being sacked by Chelsea. Johnson was appointed as team manager last year, charged with...
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Product Demand Boosts Qinetiq; TECHNOLOGY
Byline: RUSSELL LYNCH Special Correspondent Qinetiq, the privatised defence technology specialist with a major base at Malvern, said yesterday that demand for its sniper-hunting equipment and robot sentries had helped boost trading. The group's...
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Reconnecting People; Social Enterprises Have a Vital Role to Play as the Recession Bites, Argues Mick Laverty
Byline: Mick Laverty Birmingham Is today hosting day two of the annual national gathering of social enterprises and third sector organisations, Voice 09. I am delighted that the Social Enterprise Coalition Is staging this event In Birmingham...
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Recorded Fraud in Midlands Just the Tip of the Iceberg; LEGAL in Association with WWW.Wilkes.Co.UK
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor More than pounds 117m of fraud was recorded in the Midlands in 2007 - one of the highest totals seen yet. And this figure was just the tip of the iceberg, according to KPMG's domestic fraud barometer....
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Ricketts Helps Hard-Working Walsall Make Their Point; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIANHALFORD at Brunton Park CARLISLE 1 WALSALL 1 Michael Ricketts' late penalty salvaged a point for Walsall after a wonder goal from Paul Thirlwell appeared to have sentenced them to defeat. The Carlisle midfielder sent an unstoppable...
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Ruddock Looking to Further Strengthen His Hand of Half Backs; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN DICK Rugby correspondent Having secured one half back until the end of this season Mike Ruddock is interested in bringing another to Six ways for next term. Following on from yesterday's announcement Willie Walker has signed on...
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Rumpole Has Left His Mark; LEGAL in Association with WWW.Wilkes.Co.UK
Byline: guy hinchley If there is one thing you can say about the legal profession it's that it makes good TV. The recent death of John Mortimer got me thinking about what a profound impact legal dramas have had on the public perception of the...
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Scientists Quash Health Myth of the 'Bad Egg' NATIONAL
Byline: NEIL LANCEFIELD Scientists hope to end the "Ingrained misconception" linking eggs with high blood cholesterol and heart disease. Nearly half (45 per cent) of the UK public believe they should eat a maximum of three eggs a week but a study...
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Snow Proves Presenteeism Still a Problem
Byline: andy dent Oh purleeze. Last week the nation ground to a halt because of the snow, an event described as the worst fall of its kind in London for 18 long years. At a time when the UK is now officially in recession, some so-called expert...
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South African Success for Software Company; INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY IT Eg Finds Solution to Blue-Chip Firms' Training Needs
Byline: JON GRIFFIN Business Staff Staffordshire software company eg solutions pic Is making substantial business Inroads In South Africa - with help from UKTrade & Investment. Based In Dunston Business Village, eg specialises In operations...
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Specialists Arrive for New Court; LEGAL in Association with WWW.Wilkes.Co.UK
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Legal & Finance Editor A new team of immigration specialists has been brought in at a Birmingham chamber to deal with new work created by the incoming administrative court. No 5 Chambers has put together a 28-strong group...
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They Were as Much in the Dark as the Rest of Us; Political Editor Jonathan Walker Watched as Britain's Bankers Were Put on the Rack by the Treasury Select Committee
Byline: Jonathan Walker They were apologetic, but still hoping for sympathy. Banking is hard, apparently. Five of the men responsible for destroying Britain's economy had been summoned to account for themselves. The venue was a Commons committee...
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Training for the Ultimate Gift; Six Months Pregnant, Emma McKinney Decided It Was Time to Learn the Skills That Could Help Her Save a Child's Life LIFESTYLE
Byline: Emma McKinney IT was the 1980sand you name it, I did it. Violin lessons, keyboard sessions, ballet, and tap dancing classes, orchestra practice, swimming and even life-saving club. But if you asked me now for a blast of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep...
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Trespassing Councillor Will Be Banned for One Month
Byline: PAUL DALE Public Affairs Editor A leading Birmingham city councillor faces a one-month suspension from public duties after a publicity stunt went wrong. Martin Mullaney will be subjected to disciplinary action after a High Court ruling...
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Turner Masterpiece No Longer a British Treasure
A Turner masterpiece worth more than pounds 5 million and considered a national treasure has been lost to America to pay the bills at a sprawling castle estate. The 1808 work, entitled Pope's Villa At Twickenham, had been displayed at Sudeley Castle...
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Villa's Young Knew Injury Would Prevent England Action
Byline: MAT KENDRICK Staff reporter Aston Villa defender Luke Young has revealed he never believed he would be able to feature for England in tonight's friendly against Spain after picking up an injury playing for his club. The 29-year-old full-back...
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Warning for Construction Firms to Follow Tax Rules or Be Hit by Double Whammy; FINANCE
Hard pressed Midland construction companies could be hit by a double whammy and In some cases could be forced under if they don't follow special tax rules for their Industry, business advisers Horwath Clark Whltehill are warning. Angela Cornell,...
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Watchdog Has New Complaint about Smith's MP Expenses; POLITICS
The Parliamentary sleaze watchdog yesterday dismissed a complaint about home secretary Jacqul Smith's expenses - but Is considering "further correspondence". The office of John Lyon, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, said he would not be...
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We're at an All Time Low - and It's Going to Get Worse Says Investment Trust; FINANCE
The financial wellbeing of the UK has fallen to a new low, according to a global investment trust. And it said that things were only going to get worse in the immediate future. A 12-year financial reality study by Alliance Trust found that UK...
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West Midlands Vulnerable to New Victims of Credit Crunch; FINANCE
The recesslonls set to claim ahost of new victims In the West Midlands, with the region particularly vulnerable to business failure In 2009, according to the new business restructuring partner at accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward. Jo Wright, who...
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Wragge Finds Success at the Prestigious Legal Awards; LEGAL
Wragge & Co has been named the UK's most client-focused law firm at an awards ceremony. The firm won the title at the Legal Technology Awards, beating off competition from Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, DLA Piper and Halliwells. Quentin...
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Young Stars Pay Price for Failure; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: brian dick It is perhaps as well for the legions of Gloucester supporters who press the England claims of James Simpson-Daniel that the pocket genius they call Sinbad continues to be unfortunate with injuries. It keeps him out of the clutches...
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