The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from September 16, 2008

1,000 XL Holidaymakers Will Miss out after the Travel Firm's Collapse
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Up to 1,000 people due to fly with travel firm XL from Birmingham International Airport this week had to cancel their holiday. The operator, which went into administration on Friday, was set to fly six planes charted from...
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Addressing Diversity in the Workplace; EVENTS
Birmingham Professional DiverCity and Midlands LGBT Network have organised an evening networking event for senior managers and staff committed to an inclusive workplace. The event, tomorrow at Pinsent Masons in Birmingham, will explore the issues...
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Alliance & Leicester Shareholders Have to Bite the Santander Bullet
Byline: DUNCAN TIFT Shareholders in Alliance & Leicester will today be asked to cast their final votes on the bank's proposed pounds 1.3 billion takeover by Abbey's Spanish owner Santander. If you were one of them would you vote against such...
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Another Big Name to Add to Roll Call of the Victims; RESCUES BANKING CRISIS
The dramatic failure of Lehman Brothers adds another famous name to the roll-call of credit crunch victims since the crisis erupted a year ago. Banks worldwide have suffered from rising funding costs as lenders fearful of losses ratchet up borrowing...
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Can We Hit the Heights at Last?
Byline: ROB TANNER The top of the Coca-Cola Championship table makes beautiful reading for West Midlands football fans. Sitting joint-top are Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City and if the season finished with those two great old clubs still...
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City Council Pays Pounds 200m for Consultants to Show How It Can Save Money; POLITICS
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Private sector outsourcing firm Capita and its partner organisations will be paid almost pounds 200 million to show Birmingham City Council how to save money and run services more efficiently. Most of...
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Collins Recovery Adds to Ruddock's Feeling of Contentment
Byline: By Brian Dick Worcester Warriors have received a boost with the news that James Collins and Chris Horsman are expected to be fit to face Leicester Tigers this weekend. The only cloud to the silver lining of their first win of the season...
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Conservatives Demand Protection for First Pounds 50,000 of Bank Deposits
The Conservatives yesterday called on the Government to urgently increase protection offered to savers if a bank collapses. Shadow Chancellor George Osborne wrote to Chancellor Alistair Darling offering cross party support for a move to increase...
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Culture: All aboard for Herefordshire's Annual Art Trail; Visual Arts
Byline: Alison Jones If you'd gone down to the woods in Herfordshire last weekend, you would have been sure of a big surprise. Not that you'd have stumbled across picnicking teddy bears but, rather, works of art, writes Alison Jones Clissett...
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Culture: Majesty and Mystery of the Stones; Visual Arts Rarely Seen Photographs of the Rolling Stones Form an Exhibition at Birmingham's Snap Galleries. Sally Hoban Takes a Look
Byline: Sally Hoban Photographs of iconic sixties musicians are arguably just as important as their songs when it comes to how we remember them today. Think of the Beatles and the Sergeant Pepper album cover might spring to mind, Hendrix and you...
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Doctored Baby Milk Kills Two and Affects Hundreds; INTERNATIONAL
Doctored baby milk has killed two children and poisoned hundreds in China. Two brothers have been arrested for adding chemicals to powdered formula to bulk it out. The men, who ran a milk collection centre in Hebei province, are accused of using...
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Documotive Goes Central with Move to Birmingham
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor The relocation of Documotive's headquarters from Stockport to Birmingham heralds exciting times ahead for the company. Documotive, at www.documotive.co.uk, which provides document management solutions to...
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Engines under the Spotlight at Symposium
The third Advanced Powertrain Control Symposium is to be held at Birmingham City University's Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) at Millennium Point on November 27. The university's automotive team has invited industry specialists to present papers...
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Environmental Engineering Firm Enpure Could Be Sold; ENVIRONMENTAL
Byline: By Anna Blackaby Business Staff The private-equity owner of a leading Birmingham-based environmental engineering firm is believed to be looking to sell the company as merger and acquisition activity in the sector continues apace. Enpure,...
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Ethnic Minorities at Forefront of Digital Communications; E-BUSINESS
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor Ethnic minority groups are at the forefront of digital communications in the UK, with high levels of mobile phone, internet and multichannel television take-up. But, despite this new research from Ofcom reveals...
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Football: Carson Takes the Brunt of Praise as Baggies Fans Take More Than a Shine to Their New Goalkeeper; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By James Peacock Chris Brunt could not help but grab the headlines after his first Premier League goal secured three points for West Bromwich Albion on Saturday - but he has been quick to deflect much of the credit aimed his way in the direction...
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Football: Lee Misses out as Halesown Look to Finish Job against Plucky Meir; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: By Colin Stoner Dwayne Lee is set to miss Halesowen Town's FA Cup replay tonight as he considers his future. The midfielder's initial one-month loan spell from Kettering Town ended on Sunday and Lee wants to speak to Poppies boss Mark...
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Football: Parnaby Channels Focus on Bristol; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Rob Tanner Birmingham City will face their toughest test of the season tonight when they face Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Gary Johnson's side were the surprise package last season when they reached the play-off final and have shown...
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Football: Vokes' Success Gives McCarthy an Extra Sense of Satisfaction
Byline: By Rob Tanner Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has hailed his teenage supersub Sam Vokes and believes the 18-year-old will have a big part to play in Wolves's push for promotion Saturday's two-goal hero looks set to start...
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GKN Will Buy Airbus Wing Plant in Pounds 136m Deal; AEROSPACE
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff Engineering group GKN has agreed to acquire the Airbus wing component and assembly plant at Filton for pounds 136 million. Airbus has been trying to sell the Bristol operation and the agreement should ensure...
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Golf: Harrington Thrives on 'Electricity' GOLF: RYDER CUP
Byline: By Phil Casey Captain Mark James called it a "bear pit." Vice-captain Sam Torrance labelled scenes around the 17th green "about the most disgusting thing I've seen." But double Open champion Padraig Harrington would welcome a repeat of...
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Green Workplaces Are Crucial to Effective Sustainability
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly Sustainability experts gathered at The ICC yesterday for The Birmingham Post's Big Debate on green issues faced by the city's future leaders. Organised by Birmingham City University and supported by the NEC Group, it...
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How Much Will Poundland Sell for? RETAIL
West Midland-based budget store chain Poundland is to be put up for sale by its private equity owners as they look to cash-in on the consumer flight to value retailers. Advent International is understood to be appointing advisers for a possible...
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Hurricane Ike Creates State of Emergency
Byline: By Mark Garrod, PA Sport, in Louisville A clean-up operation was under way at the Ryder Cup venue here yesterday after the remnants of Hurricane Ike ripped through Louisville. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency...
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It's Time to Call a Halt to the Democratic Dictatorship; AGENDA
Byline: JOHN HEMMING By the time you read this article most of our party conference will be over. The media are looking for easy stories such as party splits and rows. There will also be comment pieces about the role of the Lib Dems. One area...
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I've No Wish to Kick PM's Twitching Corpse; LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CONFERENCE POLITICS
Senior Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, one of Gordon Brown's chief Parliamentary tormentors, yesterday focused his attention on David Cameron instead, claiming he had no wish to kick the beleaguered Prime Minister's "twitching corpse". During Commons...
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Jail for Gangsters Who Stole Pin Numbers at Petrol Pumps
Byline: By Melvyn Howe and Harriet Shawcross, Press Association Three members of a gang which bought petrol stations and bribed insiders as part of a pounds 254,000 credit card scam with links to the Midlands were jailed yesterday. Drivers who...
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La Adelita Can Follow Up Victory with Another Score
Byline: By Stable Boy Michael Bell's La Adelita was value for a good deal more than the winning margin suggested when scoring on her last start and is taken to follow up in the Jacques Cider Nursery (For The Jack Leader Challenge Trophy) at Yarmouth....
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Lehman Bros Debacle May Stop Lenders Cutting Rates; BANKING CRISIS
Byline: By Nicky Burridge, Press Association The fall out from US investment bank Lehman Brothers' move to seek bankruptcy protection could have wide ranging impacts on UK consumers. Q: Will UK consumers be directly affected by the Lehman Brothers'...
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Lehman Brothers Disaster Takes Pounds 50 Billion off Market; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
More than pounds 50 billion was wiped off blue chip stocks yesterday as news of Lehman Brothers' dramatic demise spread havoc. The Footsie nose-dived 212.5 points to close at 5204.2. But it managed to pull back from an earlier drop of more than...
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Lehman Brothers; MARKETS AFTERMATH
With today's news that Lehman Brothers, the fourth largest investment bank in the US, is to file for bankruptcy, what wider effect could this have on the UK and how could this affect people's attitudes towards investment? Steve Aston, investment...
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Lehman Fallout Rocks Market as AIG Teeters on the Brink; MARKETS BANKING CRISIS
Byline: By Matt Dickinson, Press Association The dramatic collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers yesterday sent stock markets into freefall and left thousands of workers facing the axe. Lehman, which has lost billions in the credit crunch,...
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Malware Just Part of the Problem Presented by Emails; E-BUSINESS
Byline: GILES TURNBULL We can get robot spacecraft to Mars, but we still have trouble keeping our home computers secure. It's a pity, but it's a fact. The latest threat to ordinary computer users is a nasty piece of malware (malicious software)...
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Miliband Expresses Hope for Zimbabwe Power Share Deal; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Andrew Woodcock, Press Association Britain yesterday gave a cautious welcome to a power sharing deal between political rivals in Zimbabwe. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he hoped the agreement would allow "a turn in the tide...
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Netlink IT Takes Success Message to New York; E-BUSINESS
A Birmingham-based IT support expert is heading to New York this week to bring big business success to smaller companies. Richard Tubb, head of Netlink IT, is part of a team tasked with forming international networks, and meeting to collaborate...
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Paulson 'Never Considered' Bailout; MARKETS AFTERMATH
Byline: By Glenn Somerville The American financial system will recover and investors can remain confident in its "soundness and resilience", the US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said last night. Speaking at the White House, Mr Paulson said...
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Pope's Stand against Euthanasia in Address to Pilgrims; INTERNATIONAL
The Pope underlined his opposition to euthanasia yesterday when he met the sick and dying on their pilgrimages to Lourdes. He told them to accept death "at the hour chosen by God," at an open-air Mass on the final day of his visit to France. ...
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Recession Is a Time When Every Company Needs PR; AGENDA the Economy Is in a Pickle, with Fears of Recession Looming. Where Does That Leave Birmingham's PR Industry? Aimee Postle, an Account Executive at Jewellery Quarter PR Consultancy Kinetic Communications, Opens the Debate
Byline: Aimee Postle Let's start with the oft quoted (in the PR world anyway) maxim from a certain Bill Gates (who may know a thing or two about marketing). Mr Microsoft is reported to have said: "If I were down to my last dollar I would spend...
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Renewable Energy Advice Is Available; E-BUSINESS
A global renewable energy specialist is launching an advice service aimed at Midlands commercial property owners. Stiebel Eltron's Midlands regional specification manager, Ian Stone is offering a 'onestop shop' advice centre advising on issues from...
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RSPCA in Crufts' Dog Welfare Protest
The RSPCA announced yesterday that it was pulling out of Crufts over concerns about the welfare of pedigree dogs at the event, which is staged at the National Exhibition Centre. The leading animal charity said it had suspended plans to staff a stand...
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Rugby Union: Smith Cautious as Moseley Seek to End Their Exeter Jinx
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent As architect of a Moseley side that has prevailed in its last two games and a member of the last Red and Black vintage to win at Exeter Chiefs, Ian Smith knows his team is moving in the right direction but...
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Shockwaves Felt Worldwide after Another Dramatic Weekend for US; MARKETS AFTERMATH
The fall of Lehman Brothers raises the risk of a deeper US recession that engulfs a broader swath of the global economy as skittish banks around the world lock vaults. Countries that had escaped the yearlong credit crisis scrambled yesterday to...
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Sparro Curse Strikes Again; THE LIST PREVIEW Sam Sparro Tells Andrew Cowen about the Blows That Birmingham Has Dealt Him in Trying to Play a Gig
Byline: Andrew Cowen Sam Sparro is probably the unluckiest man in pop. Twice he's been booked to play in Birmingham, and twice he's had the rug pulled from under his feet. The last time was when he was top of the bill at a certain gig promoted...
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Stuart Slates Brown for Failing to Come Up with 'Fresh' Ideas; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A Birmingham MP has written a devastating critique of Gordon Brown's performance over the past 12 months, to be distributed to delegates attending Labour's annual conference. Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston)...
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Supplementary Business Rate Could Prove a Tax Too Far; AGENDA
Byline: ANDEEP MANGAL As long ago as March 2007 Sir Michael Lyons concluded his inquiry into local government financing. In a move expected to create closer relationships between local government and the business community it was proposed that...
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THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Lib-Dems Are Proving to Be Mature Party
The Liberal Democrats are feeling the pinch, as the success of the Conservatives under David Cameron threatens to reduce their representation in the House of Commons. The third party has frequently performed better than expectations at the ballot...
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Thrive: Call Goes out for 2008 Suit Amnesty; Birmingham Suit Amnesty 10/1010.08
The Birmingham Suit Amnesty, one of Thrive's success stories for 2007, is returning. Birmingham Town Hall hosts the amnesty organisers on Friday, October 10th. Volunteers are pledging to put any unwanted suits to good use through charities. People...
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Time to Get Tough on Those Guilty of Dealing in Child Porn; AGENDA
Byline: RICHARD McCOMB Several years ago, we lived in an ill-starred rented flat in a convivial cathedral city. There were problems with rising damp along an interior wall, which made it hospitable for fungi cultivation but poor for wind-chill...
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Tips on How to Help Business Survive after a Disaster; E-BUSINESS
With businesses throughout the UK again counting the cost of flooding, Coleshillbased IT experts are offering Midlands firms timely advice. The team at Acutec, based in Church Hill, sees on a regular basis the damage done when companies are hit...
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Tomb Raider Publisher Set for Eighth Lara Croft Edition; GAMING
Tomb Raider games publisher SCi Entertainment (SEG) has said investors will see the results of a radical restructuring this year despite annual losses yawning to almost pounds 100 million. The firm, which launches the next instalment of the Lara...
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Two Midland Seats Likely to Be Lost, Say Activists; LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CONFERENCE POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor The Liberal Democrats are set to lose two of the three seats they hold in the West Midlands, according to a study by party activists. Solihull and Hereford are both likely to fall to the Conservatives...
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Unbelievable Atmosphere Brings Best out of Simmonds; PARALYMPIC GAMES
Byline: By Matt McGeehan, PA Sport, in Beijing Teenagers dream of achieving sporting excellence and all the benefits which go with it but few succeed in such spectacular fashion as Eleanor Simmonds. At 13, Simmonds was the youngest member of...
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US Government 'Tough Love' Financial Market Policy Is Correct; ECONOMIST BANKING CRISIS
The US government's stance of tough love for the financial markets after the collapse of Lehman Brothers is exactly what the market needs, a Midland economist said yesterday. The government yesterday refused to get involved after Lehman filed for...
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Wall Street Has Its Worst Day since 9/11 Twin Towers Attack
Byline: By Herbert Lash Wall Street marked its worst day since markets reopened after the attacks of September. 11, 2001, and crude oil prices plunged on Monday as Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing caused investors to bail out of risky assets....
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Welconstruct Posts Record Work Orders; RETAIL
Byline: By Alun Thorne Head of Business A Birmingham-based fit out specialist has pinpointed diversification as the catalyst for a remarkable first-half performance which has seen the largest order book in its 10-year history. Welconstruct, with...
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We're Set to Face More Major Shocks, Says Luff; WEST MIDLANDS BANKING CRISIS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor The collapse of Lehman Brothers and takeover of Merrill Lynch will not be the last major shocks to come in the wake of the credit crunch, the chairman of the Commons Business and Enterprise Committee has...
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White Young Green Profit Lift; CONSULTING
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff A strong performance from its Midland operation helped construction consultancy company White Young Green (WHY) post a 26 per cent jump in full-year profit. The company, boosted by revenue from acquisitions,...
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Why Remote Working Is Good for Business
After a summer of bliss, reality has kicked back in with a vengeance. September has ushered in the return of the school run and the UK's roads have gone back to their natural state of gridlock as droves of parents drop their children off at the...
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Workers Tight-Lipped in Face of Media Spotlight; WORKERS BANKING CRISIS
Lehman Brothers staff on their way to work yesterday said the mood at the company had been "sombre". Employees said they had been told to turn up as normal yesterday morning in Canary Wharf, in London's Docklands financial district, but most added...
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Yet Another Black Monday
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Yet another Black Monday. Like other Black Mondays, it began with somebody on the radio burbling about the end of capitalism as we know it. It is nothing of the sort, of course. It is the collapse...
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Young Villa Grab Capital Gains; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Lisa Smith at White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur 1 Aston Villa 2 A lot has happened in the two weeks since Aston Villa last played a Barclays Premier League game. England shocked the world with that impressive victory over Croatia...
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