The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from July 7, 2009

Appeal Judges Cut Ten Years off Total Term of Drug Smugglers
Three drug smugglers who disguised heroin as sugar cane have had a total of ten years cut off their sentences on appeal by top judges. Mohammed Sadique, 46, Zulfiquar Ali Shah, 38, and Tariq Zaman, 33, were handed 15-year jail terms at Isleworth...
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Apprentice Scheme Is Firing Up Firm's Future
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN One of the region's largest manufacturers has stressed the importance of investing in training despite the tough economic conditions. Stewart Towe CBE, managing director of Hadley Industries, said links with Chambers of Commerce,...
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Ask Mr Biggs Who Was Mr Big Behind Great Train Robbery; 22 AGENDA & LETTERS
Dear Editor, Ronnie Biggs should be let free, given a bus pass and then asked if a Mr Big character was behind the GTR - and if so, who was he? It seems to me that the real reason why Jack Straw came to the decision he did was to keep the media away...
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Baggage Handlers Strike Looming over Failure to Honour Deal
Angry airport workers look "almost certain" to ballot for disruptive industrial action after bosses continued to refuse to pay an agreed wage increase. The Post revealed last month that Swissport had told its Birmingham workers that they "did not...
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Bernabeu Full for Ronaldo's Welcome Parade
Cristiano Ronaldo fulfilled a "childhood dream" last night as he was unveiled as a Real Madrid player in front of a packed Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The Portuguese forward, who has been handed the number nine jersey, was greeted by Alfredo di Stefano...
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Bidders Meet Pounds 100m Asking Price in Chase for Newcastle
Byline: DAMIANSPELLMAN Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has received at least two offers of pounds 100million for the club. Managing director Derek Llambias has confirmed that several bids at the sportswear magnate's asking price have been tabled...
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Burnham to Reconsider Stafford Inquiry Call
Health Secretary Andy Burnham has told the Birmingham Post he will reconsider the case for a full independent inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal. The new team of Ministers in the Department of Health was looking again at whether a fresh...
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Cameron Vows to Cut Quangos and Give Ministers Responsibility
Tory leader David Cameron pledged a Conservative government would cut the number of quangos - starting with communications regulator Ofcom. Mr Cameron said others - such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical excellence (NICE) - would...
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Captain Terry Will Stay at Chelsea Forever - Ancelotti
New Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is adamant the club want to keep captain John Terry at Stamford Bridge "forever". The Italian used his first formal press conference yesterday since succeeding interim coach Guus Hiddink as a platform to make it clear...
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Cavendish Stage Brace Thrills Kelly; CYCLING - TOUR DE FRANCE
Tour de France legend Sean Kelly has backed Mark Cavendish to continue to accumulate stage victories in the fabled green jersey - but labelled Bradley Wiggins' Garmin-Slipstream squad "the big losers" after three stages of the 2009 edition of cycling's...
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City Council Set to Splash out on Swimming Pools
Birmingham's pledge to have "a swimming pool within 20 minutes walk of every resident" is gathering pace - with councillors set to approve a pounds 2.5 million spending package next week. Four major projects are set to receive the go ahead by the...
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City Is Failing Pupils on Academic Diversity
Byline: TONYCOLLINS The former Chief Inspector of Schools says Birmingham could do more to increase the range of academic diversity on offer to the city's parents. Chris Woodhead said too many schools in Birmingham probably fell within the description...
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Clouds over the West Midlands
Byline: denise craig So Wimbledon has finally finished for another year. Andy Murray did his bit and went further than Brits usually do and we had something other than the tennis to talk about in the shape of a new weather-proof roof - which...
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Contrasting Views of the Unexpected; Terry Grimley Takes a Look at the Constables and Surrealism on Show at Compton Verney
Byline: Terry Grimley Everyone knows that John Constable is one of Britain's greatest landscape painters, but who knows anything about Constable the portrait painter? Although he never worked in a very serious professional way in this genre, it...
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Council: Friarsgate Still Alive despite AWM Cut
Byline: JUSTINE HALIFAX A proposed retail development for the centre of Lichfield has become one of the first victims of a cost-cutting drive by Advantage West Midlands. The regional development agency admitted yesterday that it had withdrawn...
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Country Home Prices Settle
Byline: GRAEME BROWN The rate at which the price of desirable country homes in the Midlands is falling slowed during the second quarter of the year as the market showed signs of improving. The average cost of a prime country property in central...
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Dann Sold on Charm of McLeish Sales Talk; FOOTBALL - PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: ANDYWALKER Birmingham City's Scott Dann has revealed that it was Alex McLeish's finest sales spiel that convinced him to opt for the club over Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Blues squad reconvene tomorrow for pre-season training but Dann...
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Drop in Fortunes Could Be Positively Attractive
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN Birmingham has dropped down the world cost of living league from 66th to 125th as expenditure in emerging eastern cities continues to soar. The impact of the recession and the fall of the pound against the dollar have been...
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Education Passion Still Burns for Chris; COMMENT
Call for more diversity - page 17 Chris Woodhead, understandably, has a lot to say about education, whether you like what is coming out of his mouth or not. He cut a fairly controversial figure during his near five years as Her Majesty's Chief...
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England Lift as Rib Injury Puts Lee out of First Test; CRICKET: THE ASHES N Australia Rethink as Results of Scan Mean Two Weeks Out
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON Australia's Ashes preparations were thrown into disarray last night with strike bowler Brett Lee ruled out of tomorrow's first Test match in Cardiff. Confirmation that Lee, 32, would miss the series opener was delivered...
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Faith in Recovery Slips with FTSE's Two-Month Low; MARKET REPORT
The London market tumbled to its lowest close for more than two months yesterday as investors' faith in a fast-paced recovery wavered. Commodities stocks were dragged lower amid worries that recent sightings of "green shoots" could have been exaggerated,...
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Ferguson Should Pick Baggies, Says McInnes; FOOTBALL - CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: ROBTANNER Former West Bromwich Albion captain Derek McInnes has urged Glasgow Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson to choose a move to The Hawthorns over a switch to local rivals Birmingham City. McInnes, who is currently the manager of...
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Firms Turning Away from Far East to Reduce Copying Risk
Experts say hi-tech companies in the Midlands are building relationships with East European partners as they look for links closer to home. Businesses are moving supply chain production away from countries like China and India as they strive to...
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Flintoff's Coming to the Boil at Just the Right Time, Insists Broad
Byline: JOHNCURTIS Stuart Broad has warned Australia that Andrew Flintoff is back to his best as the all-rounder looks to repeat his 2005 heroics in the Ashes series which gets under way on Wednesday. And Broad insisted Flintoff's recent off-the-pitch...
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Friedel Backs Villa's Young Stars to Shine Even Brighter
Byline: MAT KENDRICK Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes the work ethic of Martin O'Neill's men will help them go from strength to strength in the future. Villa's elder statesman also reckons that there is plenty of potential for individual...
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Girls School Headmistress in Science Lessons Appeal
The head of a leading girls' only school in Worcestershire says the teaching of science must be extended further across both sexes if the UK economy is to prosper from the current recession. Rosalind Hayes, headmistress of Malvern St James School...
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Graphics Firm Bringing a Royal Flourish to Town
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN Business leaders in Redditch say they have pulled off a coup by bringing a screen-printed graphics producer into the town. Family-owned Butchers Printed Products makes decals, fascias, stickers and transfers, which are found...
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Having a Whale of a Time; Warwickshire Vet Mark Evans Tells Roz Laws Why Cutting Open Dead Animals on Live Television Is Important for Conservation
Byline: Roz Laws Millions of TV viewers watched transfixed last night while Mark Evans cut into a whale which had died while stranded on an Irish beach. The Warwickshire vet is the presenter of the Channel 4 series Inside Nature's Giants, in...
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Hindmarsh Regales Me with Tales of Sporting Dinner
Byline: john bright Birmingham's favourite lawyer Adrian Hindmarsh has been telling me how he was a guest of BTG Tax at a recent Sutton Sporting Dinner. Ian Mackay was mine host and he had invited some colleagues and guests to listen to exAston...
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Hope Rises for Iraq Health
Iraqi doctors are spending six weeks at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital on a fact-finding mission to help return the Middle East nation from the ravages of war to an internationally-renowned centre of medicine. Health Correspondent Alison Dayani talks...
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Impressive Phillips Is Revelling in Lions Pride; RUGBY UNION
Byline: ANDREWBALDOCK Mike Phillips headed home from South Africa yesterday having established himself as Europe's top scrum-half, and admitting: "I've had the time of my life." The Wales number nine enhanced his reputation during a blockbusting...
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Ince Takes over at MK Dons with 'Nothing to Prove'
Paul Ince insists he has "nothing to prove" as he attempts to rebuild his managerial career with a second stint at Coca-Cola League One side MK Dons. The former England captain, 41, has signed a two-year contract to replace Roberto Di Matteo at...
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Innovation Rules; Birmingham's Industry and Universities Are Vital to Each Other, Argues Professor David Eastwood
Byline: Professor David Eastwood The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's visit to the city earlier this month confirmed Birmingham's reputation as a global city. He wanted to see "this great city" and "its great University". In honouring both this...
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Local Food Producers Need Local Shops to Survive
Orchards being killed off - page 9 Global food security is set to be one of the top items on the menu as the G8 countries gather this week in Italy, where they will discuss ways to encourage investment in farming in the developing worRld. And...
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Losing a Sale? Ten Lessons in the Fine Art of Screwing Up
Byline: jon cooper As you read this, salespeople around the world are hard at work inventing new methods of screwing up their chances of success. To give them a helping hand, here are my top ten ways to lose a sale: 1. Talk about yourself. No prospect...
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Lowest Level of Van and Truck Sales for Nearly 20 Years
Van and truck sales - a key indicator of business confidence and activity - are falling to their lowest levels for nearly 20 years, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said yesterday. Commercial vehicle (CV) sales fell by 41.2...
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Michelle Leading the Way in Supporting Excellence
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN Advisers to business professionals from the West Midlands have been rewarded for their successes at an awards ceremony. The competition, which was sponsored by Advantage West Midlands' Enterprise Board and organised by Business...
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Mini Hits Production Landmark
The new Mini reached another milestone when car number 1,500,000 rolled off the production line in Oxford. Destined for a British customer, the 1.5 millionth vehicle was a red Mini Clubman. Those present to see the landmark reached included BMW...
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Ministers Face Rover Payout Fury
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Former MG Rover workers will have to wait until the end of a fresh inquiry into the fate of the Birmingham carmaker before a long-awaited pounds 16 million compensation fund can be released, Ministers have said. They issued...
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Movies on Release
Angels And Demons (12A) Less talky but equally historically rubbish sequel to the Da Vinci Code, as Tom Hanks returns to crack more religious ciphers and stop the Illuminati blowing up the Vatican. *** Blood: The Last Vampire (18) A 400 year old humanvampire...
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MP Sees Start-Up Firms Getting Space to Grow
Byline: GRAEME BROWN Walsall's 'start-up' credentials were on show when Bruce George MP was given a guided tour of 34 Green Lane, the area's first dedicated enterprise hub. The MP for Walsall South was looking at the opportunities for support...
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Over 900 Criminals at Large Should Be in Jail
Byline: JACKDOYLE Almost 1,000 criminals who should have been returned to prison because they breached the terms of their release are still at large. The Ministry of Justice said 954 offenders recalled before March this year had not been returned...
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Pietersen Wary of Australia Minus Their Greats but 'Forceful in Their Approach' CRICKET: THE ASHES
Byline: MYLESHODGSON Kevin Pietersen has warned England to beware the threat of Australia in tomorrow's opening Test match despite the tourists having lost the nucleus of the line-up which completed a series whitewash the last time the sides met....
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Repairing Britain Drive Helps to Boost Construction
A campaign to save 250,000 construction sector jobs started in Birmingham has attracted the support of power tool giant DeWALT. Spearheaded by building firm Rok, Repairing Britain is designed to boost the UK economy by stimulating the construction...
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Resurgent Baker Rising to Qualifying Challenge; GOLF
Byline: ROBTANNER Wolverhampton's Peter Baker is hoping to cap a memorable week by grabbing one of the final qualifying spots for The Open. The 41-year-old won the Credit Suisse Challenge on Sunday for the second time in his career to give his...
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Scrappage Scheme Has a Surprise Effect on JLR; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: JOHNCRANAGE Jaguar Land Rover has emerged as a beneficiary of the Government's car scrappage scheme, figures showed yesterday. The perception has been that only volume manufacturers would gain sales from the "bangers for cash" incentive...
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Smoothing the Way for Our Care Staff; 22 AGENDA & LETTERS
Dear Editor, I would like to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by the Post comment: "Workers Get Less Than They Bargained For" (Wednesday, July 1). I am more than happy to explain the actions that we have taken to mitigate the risks of redundancy...
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Staffordshire Machines Go Underground to Help Travellers in the Tyne Tunnel
Machines made at JCB's Staffordshire plants have been deployed on one of the UK's most prestigious civil engineering projects - a scheme designed to help more traffic travel underground on Tyneside. Following the construction of the original Tyne...
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Stairs Focus in Probe into Tower Block Fire Tragedy
Inquiries into how a blaze which ripped through a tower block killing six people, including a three-week-old baby girl, was able to spread so quickly were continuing today. The single staircase in the middle of the 12-storey 1960s building was at...
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St Modwen Unruffled by Pounds 98m Interim Loss
Byline: JOHN CRANAGE St Modwen, the brownfield regeneration specialist and the company bringing new life to Longbridge, was able to put a positive spin on worsening interim losses of nearly pounds 100million yesterday. Plummeting land and property...
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Struggling Construction Industry Faces 'Lost Decade'
Industry experts say the UK's construction sector faces a "lost decade" after a record slump in output during 2009 and another three years of pain. The Construction Products Association (CPA) says the industry will not see a "significant increase"...
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Supermarkets 'Kill off Growers'
Byline: ANNABLACKABY A Bromsgrove farmer has had to dump more than 30 tonnes of unsold apples - blaming the continued advance of the supermarkets for causing small growers' traditional outlets to wither away. Mark Giles, who has run the farm...
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Taste Arrives at Fork in Road
Byline: richard mccomb It's T Minus 2 and all eyes are on the skies. T is for "Taste" (as in "of Birmingham"), the city's annual food festival, which kicks off in Cannon Hill Park the day after tomorrow. Sometime about 5.30pm on Thursday, the...
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Travel Millionaire to Judge Small Businesses' Pitch for Pounds 50,000 Prize
Entrepreneur Deirdre Bounds, star of Channel 4's Millionaires' Mission, is one of five experts judging the Midlands heat of a competition to track down the UK's best new small businesses. The five business brains will be on the panel of the Birmingham...
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Tributes to Bromsgrove Soldier Killed by Rocket
Byline: NICK MCCARTHY Tributes have been pouring in for a Bromsgrove soldier who was killed at the weekend in a rocket attack in Afghanistan. Private Robert Laws, 18, was killed on Saturday during Operation Panther's Claw in Helmand Province....
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University Takes Lead Role to Fight Deadly Diseases after Pounds 3m Funds
The University of Warwick is to play a lead role in a pounds 3 million initiative to develop promising young medical scientists to take the lead in tackling Africa's deadliest diseases. Funding for the scheme has come from a pounds 30 million international...
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US and Russia Agree on Nuclear Weapons Cuts
Russia and the United States agreed last night to cut their nuclear warhead arsenals to as few as 1,500 each, aiming toward the lowest levels of any US-Russia arms control deal. The initial agreement, signed by presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry...
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Warwickshire League
WARWICKSHIRE LEAGUE: For our results round up this week lets start a little way down the league in Division 6 seconds. points, gaining 24 of their own in a close encounter at Griff and Coton to be a further five points back. Here Prince of Wales...
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Winless Bears Asked to Regain Early Resilience; COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: BRIANHALFORD Ashley Giles has called upon his Warwickshire team to restore the "resilience" to their cricket when they face Sussex in the county championship at Edgbaston starting today. While the eyes of the cricket world turn towards...
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Worst over but Recovery Far Off
Byline: ALANJONES Business leaders say the worst of the recession is over - but talk of recovery is premature and unemployment continues to head over three million. The British Chambers of Commerce said there had been "welcome progress" in recent...
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