The Birmingham Post (England)

The Birmingham Post is the daily newspaper of Birmingham, England. The Birmingham Post covers local and national news, sports, business, and weather.

Articles from April 18, 2001

Armed Ram Raiders in Computer Robbery
Byline: John Revill Crime Reporter Police are investigating a series of armed raids across the Midlands. Masked raiders stole more than pounds 70,000 of laptops from an office building in Birmingham, while two shops were also raided by men claiming...
Arsenal's Slim Dream Expires in Cloud of Norwegian Blues; Valencia 1 Arsenal 0 2-2 on Agg: Valencia Win on Away Goals
Byline: Bill Pierce Arsenal's rocky Champions League adventure ended after Valencia's Norwegian striker John Carew thumped home a header 16 minutes from time. The Gunners made a useful fist of hanging onto a slender advantage gained by a two-goal...
Avoid Racist Opinion, Tory Chairman Orders Candidates
Byline: Andrew Woodcock Conservative Party chairman Michael Ancram has written to all the party's prospective parliamentary candidates, reminding them not to express racist views during the election campaign. Mr Ancram's letter was dated March...
BEAUTY STYLE: Twist in the Tale
Byline: Mel Hunter Beautiful make-up is big news this summer. Think sexy, vibrant, juicy, old Hollywood glamour with an ultra-modern twist. Forget the contrived, unattainable looks of recent seasons. If the catwalk styles were anything to go...
Birmingham Post Comment: Seeking the Right Balance on Organ Donation
The investigation into Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital painted an horrific picture of science gone mad. The corpses of dead babies and children were treated in an inhuman and cavalier fashion, sliced into pieces, emptied of organs and secretly stored...
Black Leather Robinson the Strongest Link
The American incarnation of the popular British game show The Weakest Link, made a strong start with its first airing. NBC's Weakest Link, hosted by Anne Robinson, drew 14.7 million viewers on Monday, beating all the competition in its time slot....
Blair's Pro-Scottish Conspiracy
Byline: ANGELA DYER Sir, - Very soon, electors all over England will be contacted by the Labour Party asking for their vote at the next election. Who they choose to vote for is a matter for each individual but here are some questions that voters...
Blues Face Reality of Last-Day Decision
Byline: Michael Ward Shaken by the complete collapse of their automatic promotion challenge, Birmingham City are reconciled to their First Division play-off quest extending to the wire next month. Taut nerves in the Blues camp have been stretched...
Boot Sizes Up Land Planning Policy
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell Henry Boot has invested pounds 23.5 million in land and work in progress to expand its housing, property and land activities at a time when its traditional construction and civil engineering operations are faced with...
Brown Leaves out Hendry from Squad as Scotland Prepare for Experiment; National News Round-Up
Manager Craig Brown has left Bolton's Colin Hendry out of the Scotland squad for next week's friendly in Poland. The former Coventry City defender is sweating over what action FIFA's disciplinary committee will take on April 26 after he was caught...
Cautiously Confident Megson Urges Albion to Follow Appleton
Byline: Rob Bishop Manager Gary Megson is calling on West Bromwich Albion to follow the example of big-hearted Michael Appleton as they strive to keep alive their First Division promotion hopes. Monday's surprise home defeat by lowly Grimsby...
Chelsea Continue the Spurs Tradition; Tottenham 0 Chelsea 3
Byline: Mark Bradley There is a reason that Chelsea fans call Tottenham's ground Three Point Lane. Not even Glenn Hoddle can loosen the stranglehold which his former club hold over his present charges. It was 1987, the year that Hoddle left the...
Chinese Make Meal of Their Takeaway Jet
An American team has arrived in China for talks which promise to be testy at best as each side blames the other for the plane collision which set off an 11-day diplomatic stand-off. Neither side has shown any public sign of backing down on their...
City View: BT Rings Change from Final Salary to Money Purchase Pension
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell BT chose All Fools' Day to close its gold-plated final salary pension scheme to new members. These will have to make do with a money purchase package, which costs the company quite a bit less and provides the employee...
COMPETITION: Be Our VIP Guest
Top musicians in the world of classical music will step into the spotlight on May 31 at the Classical BRIT Awards in association with Rover - and you could be there as our VIP guest. This is the first year that Rover has sponsored the Classical...
'Congestion Charge' May Mean Cars Paying to Enter City Centre
Byline: Samantha Lyster Birmingham is pressing ahead with plans which could lead to motorists being charged to enter the city centre. The city council said it was continuing to investigate the concept of a congestion charge which would be brought...
Crime (Not Effort) Really Does Pay
Byline: Fay Goodman It's amazing in this day and age that people are sentenced to death and an execution is carried out immediately. There is no appeal, no delay in carrying out the sentence - it is immediate. This is Chinese justice entitled A...
Culture: The Baebes Are Back in Town; Early Music Purists May Not Approve but the Mediaeval Baebes Are Proving More Than a Passing Fad, Writes Andy Farquarson
Katharine Blake, musical director of the vocal ensemble Mediaeval Baebes, has a soft spot for Birmingham. 'Though I can't claim to know the city well,' she says, 'we've enjoyed playing there on several occasions.' Now the Baebes are coming back...
Culture: The Green Shoots of Creativity; Sarah Evans Finds That Walsall's New Art Gallery Lives Up to the Government's Vision of a Creative Future
The document takes a full spectrum of arts activities, analyses what are obstacles to growth and makes a wide ranging series of proposals. If you can ignore the endless patting-themselves-on-the-back paragraphs, it is full of encouraging news for the...
Dine with Raymond .
French gastronomic maestro Raymond Blanc is planning a very special evening of supreme cuisine at his Le Petit Blanc Birmingham venue on Wednesday, April 25, all for the benefit of the Acorns Children's Hospice Trust and you could be among his VIP...
Doctor Denies Killing Baby with Epilepsy Drug
A doctor killed a three-day-old triplet after he mistook a vial containing a powerful epilepsy drug for one of water, a court was told yesterday. A jury at Liverpool Crown Court was told that Dr Kosalakumar Karunaratne was trying to flush out an...
Doctor 'Drip-Fed' Hospitals in Pounds 4m Overcharge Scam
Byline: Jenny Hudson An unscrupulous doctor overcharged Midland hospitals for work carried out by his locum agency during a campaign of deception which may have cost the NHS up to pounds 4 million. Dr Dimitri Padelis faces imprisonment after...
Eating Out
An updated country pub with a youthful, friendly feel and decent home cooking. Choose from the blackboard list of eclectic international dishes (including good home-made pasta) and grab a rustic table. Nice decor (wacky in parts). 01608 682293 44...
Eating Out
The fashionable pre-club bar packs them in with trendy yet robust and reasonably-priced quality food, including perhaps substantial crab and horseradish fishcakes or pork and leek sausages. Bargain pounds 5 three-course Sunday lunch. 0121 643 1400...
Export Fall Hits Tool Deficit
Byline: Steve Pain UK exports of metalworking machine tools last year fell by nine per cent to pounds 463.9 million, according to new figures released by the Machine Tool Technologies Association. Over the same period imports in the UK rose by...
Fighting Fear of the Unknown
A lack of time and a fear of the unknown are the two biggest factors holding small businesses back from taking the plunge into the Internet age. Despite this, most admit they should have a website and say they are aware of the benefits it would...
'First Blood' for Merc Dealers
Byline: James O'Brien Mercedes-Benz dealers claimed yesterday they had won 'first blood' in their dispute with the German car maker over one-year termination notices. A twist in the dispute yesterday between the Mercedes-Benz Dealers Campaign...
First Steps on Learning Ladder
Last month, The Birmingham Post started a new series charting the progress of three newly-created companies in the region to gain a glimpse of what it's like going it alone. Today, we revisit the second business profiled, design agency fseven, set...
Fixing Scales against the EU
Byline: COLLIS GRETTON Sir, - Market trader Mr Thoburn was found guilty on the April 10 of two charges contravening the Weights and Measures Act 1985. This case was brought by Sunderland City Council to protect consumers from confusion when buying...
Fuel Scam Linked to Irish Terrorists
Byline: Andrew Westhead Millions of litres of low-quality fuel has been sold as diesel in a sophisticated fraud exposed by Customs officials. Up to 50 million litres of lubrication oil has been 'laundered' in an industrial-scale operation in...
Fuel Station Protesters Exercise Their Writes
Villagers fighting to stop a motorway service station from being built on their doorstep will take their battle to Downing Street tomorrow. A group of residents from Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull, will march to Number 10 to hand over a 200-strong...
Go on Hols for Work's Sake; Travel Editor Lisa Piddington Looks at How Our Working Patterns Are Affecting the Kind of Holidays We Now Take - That Is, If We Can Leave Our Desks Behind and Take a Holiday at All
Sitting with a group of friends over dinner, we started discussing holiday entitlement and who was getting the best deal from work. These varied from 20 to 30 days off a year, with each of us considering that the amount of time allowed was a positive...
Hartson's a Boon for Fledgling Sky Blues
John Hartson might be the catalyst, but Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan reckons it is his side's secret of youth that is the key to the Sky Blues' battle to keep their Premiership status eternal, writes Ged Scott. There is no doubt that the...
Have a Bostin' Time in Boston; It May Be Less Manic and Less Obvious Than Its Big Apple Neighbour but Boston More Than Repays a Visit, Says Jackie Brown
Boston is a city with a revolutionary past. It was here that patriots defiantly tipped chests of tea into the harbour and the struggle for American independence began. Today the city is still attracting people with a mind of their own - in the form...
Helguson Late Sting Stuns Shy Wolves; Watford 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Byline: Ged Scott HHeidar Helguson won the battle of the supersubs to stun ten-man Wolverhampton Wanderers and keep former Molineux manager Graham Taylor's Watford right in the Division One promotion race last night. The Iceland striker kept...
Hendrie Serves Up Late Easter Present; Charlton 3 Aston Villa 3
Byline: Rob Bishop Lee Hendrie grabbed a dramatic late equaliser, extending Aston Villa's unbeaten run to eight matches after they had twice looked a beaten side. Two goals down at half-time to a George Boateng own goal and Claus Jensen penalty,...
Henman Stays on Road While Seeking Coach
Byline: Ossian Shine Britain's Tim Henman breezed into the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters here yesterday with a polished 6-3, 6-0 victory over wily French baseliner Fabrice Santoro. But the eighth seed said it was still strange to be...
High Fliers Stay in Touch
Modern technology is hard to leave behind - even when we are travelling. To meet this growing need to have the world at our fingertips, Virgin Atlantic Airways is to become the first airline to offer e-mail and Internet facilities to all passengers...
Hospital Scandals Hit Vital Medical Research
Byline: Jenny Hudson Vital medical research has been abandoned due to public anger over hospital body parts scandals, a leading Birmingham pathologist warned yesterday. Most families are refusing to allow any organs or tissue from deceased relatives...
Israeli Tanks Pull out of Gaza after US Warning
Byline: Jonathan Wright The United States intervened diplomatically to stop Middle East violence yesterday, and Israel announced it was withdrawing its forces from Palestinian-run parts of Gaza. Hours after Washington called on Israel to pull...
Leeds Survive Onslaught; Champions League Deportivo la Coruna 2 Leeds United 0 (Leeds Win 3-2 on Agg)
Byline: Ian Parkes Leeds guaranteed themselves another multi-million pound pay-day after booking their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League last night - but only after being blitzed by Spanish champions Deportivo La Coruna. Holding...
Lewis Advising Hamed to Take Strength from Defeat
Byline: David Field Lennox Lewis gained inner and mental strength from his one defeat and the world heavyweight champion has urged Prince Naseem Hamed to draw similar longer-term benefits from his Las Vegas setback. Following Lewis's final public...
Lil's Jessy Not Up for Guineas
Byline: Veritas Jeremy Noseda knows a Classic contender when he sees one - and Lil's Jessy, the surprise 20-1 winner of the Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes is not one of them. Noseda trained Wannabe Grand and Kalypso Katie to finish second in...
Minister Accused of School Electioneering; Poster Campaign Row: Morris Confusing Roles, Claim Opponents
Byline: Jonathan Walker Education Minister and Birmingham MP Estelle Morris was accused last night of using a Birmingham school to launch a party political campaign. Ms Morris will unveil Labour's new poster at Cockshut Hill Technology College...
MUST Read: Retail Therapy: MUST Buy
Byline: Carole Ann Rice With spring firmly in the air and thoughts turning to primal urges, get in touch with the elemental girlie in you with the sweetest fragrance from Lolita Lempicka. This enchanting little lantern contains a violet-coloured...
Pensioner Awarded Pounds 4,000 after Nazis Took Jewellery Worth Pounds 20,000; Mother Held at Gunpoint: Family Compensation 63 Years After
A British pensioner whose family fled from the Nazis in Austria before the Second World War is to receive around pounds 4,000 in compensation. Herbert Anderson, who was 88 on Sunday, has just heard that he will be receiving the cash from the Austrian...
Perspective: Just Leave All That Hard Work to the Boobies of Brum
Byline: Chris Upton If you are at all sensitive about the reputation and image of this city then I suggest you skip the next sentence. 'Sir, we are a city of philosophers; we work with our heads and make the boobies of Birmingham work for us with...
Perspective: Victims of War
Its always the civilians who pick up the tab of misery created by armed conflict. Adrian Sutton, of the Birmingham-based charity Islamic Relief, gives an eye-witness account of life and suffering in the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya I am...
Play-Offs in View as Leitao Puts Saddlers in Box Seat; Walsall 3 Brentford 2
Byline: Paul Marston Walsall look a good bet for the Second Division play-offs after this thoroughly deserved win over the LDV Vans Trophy finalists Brentford at Bescot Stadium last night. The Saddlers are now unbeaten in four games and another...
Police Chiefs Share Hijacking, Smuggling and Terrorism Expertise
Byline: John Revill Crime Reporter Birmingham will today host an international conference of police chiefs dedicated to tackling hijacking, drugs smuggling and international terrorism. Officers from across Europe will be at the European Association...
POSDT STYLE: The Boss from HELL?; Ruthless Management Styles Are on Their Way out - but Many Employees Still Get a Rough Ride from Their Superiors, Says Gabrielle Fagan
Tough, abrasive bosses who turn employees' blood to water may not just be unpopular but could eventually be relegated to history if present trends continue. Modern management, it seems, is increasingly looking for caring/sharing relationships with...
Post Food: Mamma Mia
Culinary hijacking is forcing the Italians to guard their national treasure more carefully. Wil Marlow reports on the pizza fiasco As a snack food or even a gourmet meal, the pizza's versatility knows no bounds. It's this that makes it one of the...
POST PEOPLE: INTERVIEW by Email; Jo Ind Talks to a Man Enjoys Wine, Water-Skiing and Woven Leather Belts - Although Not Necessarily in That Order
Byline: Jo Ind Name: Ashley Blake Age: 31 Job Title: BBC senior broadcast journalist and presenter What does you job entail? Reporting and presenting the news for the award-winning BBC Midlands Today. How do you spend you weekends?...
Power Station Sell-Off Complete
Byline: Anita Deshmukh Coventry-based multi-utility group Powergen, in the process of being bought by German giant Eon for pounds 5 billion, has sold its mining and power station interests in Germany and Hungary to US-based NRG Energy. The sale...
Proceed Ends Johnston Fears
Byline: Robert Pratt Proceed With Care shrugged off trainer Mark Johnston's fears over suspect stamina and ground conditions when overturning the favourite Cauvery in the Boadicea Condition Stakes at Newmarket. The winner, a 7-1 chance ridden...
Roberts' Lone Strike Fuels Dons Hopes of Clinching Top Six Slot; Nationwide Review
Wimbledon kept their hopes of a First Division play-off place alive with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Dons midfielder Andy Roberts scored the winner a minute into the second half. The Blades have gone five games without...
SECRETARY of the Year; Computers and Internet Technology Have Affected Everybody's Lives, but None More So Than Secretaries. the Birmingham Post and City Inn Are on a Quest to Find the Secretary of the Year. in the the First of a Three Part Series, Jo Ind Examines the Changing Role of Support Staff
The secretary's role today has changed dramatically to how it was perceived 15 years ago. Today, the work is more varied which in turn creates a more interesting and challenging role for the secretary. What is a secretary? If you look up the word...
'Secret Cancer Infecting Hospitals'
Slightly-built Dimitri Padelis seemed to have the same air of commitment as his medical peers when it came to helping others. But a massive police investigation and a lengthy trial showed how much better he was at helping himself - to NHS cash meant...
Sex Abuse Victims Welcome Findings; Nolan Report: A Chance to Set the Standard on Child Protection
Byline: Helen Bruce The Archdiocese of Birmingham was yesterday given the chance to banish paedophile priests and spearhead a national fight against child abuse. As revealed in The Birmingham Post yesterday, former Law Lord Lord Nolan's interim...
Stravsea Ends Hollinshead Low
Byline: Keith Hamer Stravsea's 25-1 victory at Southwell yesterday showed that Reg Hollinshead and his horses are back in business following a spell under the weather. Hollinshead was hit hard by the flu a few weeks ago when his Upper Longden...
Swan Goes for a Winning Century; the Goings-On in Regional Amateur Theatre Are Rounded Up
Byline: John Slim Jude Dawson and John Clay take centre stage in the Arcadians' production of Call Me Madam at the Old Rep next week. Worcester's Swan Theatre is preparing to perform before an audience with a marked ecclesiastical content. ...
Table Talk: Sensuality on a Plate; Court Cafe Serves Up Soups and Desserts to Swoon for, Says
Byline: Alison Davison When the 282 restaurant at the Hyatt closed a while back, it meant the place had to disappear from our eating out guide. But with a chef like Roger Narbett still hard at work behind the scenes - now concentrating his efforts...
Techs and Telecoms Lead Footsie Dive
London shares regained their composure yesterday, pulling back from an earlier post-holiday jolt as profit warnings from two of the world's largest companies rocked the market. By the close of trading, the FTSE-100 Index of blue-chip stocks was...
Tech Stocks Slide Again on Back of Jobs Cuts
Byline: Steve Pain Corporate profit warnings and job cuts on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday knocked technology shares for six. Dutch firm Philips Electronics said it expected a net second quarter loss while America's Cisco Systems warned...
Too Fat to See Undone Flies, Says Sergeant
A police sergeant exposed himself to a group of elderly women when he visited his father at an old people's home, a court was told yesterday. Custody sergeant Andrew Chatfield (45) denies indecently exposing himself at the Old Downs Residential...
Travel in Brief: News from the Industry
Birmingham-based zipawayholidays.com has added a number of new features to its website. Visitors to the late holiday sales specialist's website can now book airport hotels, lounges and parking as well as worldwide car rental on-line. Managing...
TRAVEL STYLE: An Appetite for the Seaside; It May Have Been Icy Cold, but Pretty Lymington in Hampshire Warmed the Cockles of Alison Davison's Heart
Fact File: A double or twin room at the Stanwell House Hotel costs pounds 110 a night. Four poster rooms are pounds 130, suites are pounds 150 and the Stanwell suite is pounds 160. Prices include VAT and full English breakfast. There is also a two-bedroom...
TV Designer Who Died for Less Than Pounds 20
Byline: Sam Greenhill The husband of a woman who died after being run over by a pair of handbag thieves said yesterday she had acted instinctively when she gave chase to the muggers out of a 'sense of right and wrong'. Describing TV costume designer...
United Needing Euro Honours to Overcome Flat End to Season
Byline: David Anderson Despite clinching yet another Premiership title, Sir Alex Ferguson claims it will be 'a flat year' if Manchester United lose in the Champions' League quarter-finals. As delighted and as proud as the United manager is of...
Vote-Rigging Cover Up Claim
Byline: Jonathan Walker Labour activists in Birmingham's Perry Barr constituency are threatening a second round of legal action against their party amid claims of a 'cover up' over alleged vote rigging. They claim an investigation into the selection...
World at Colton's Fast Feet
Byline: Michael Ward Former England cross-country international Terry Colton has been appointed director of the second city's 2003 World Indoor Athletics Championships - 32 years after he first commanded headlines on the track. It was in January...
Yanks Stay Home in Mad Cow Confusion; Tourism in Ruins: Pounds 2.5 Billion Cost to Travel Industry
Byline: Simon Mowbray Ministers yesterday stepped up efforts to boost tourism as it emerged that many visitors were staying away because they believed they could catch mad cow disease from the foot-and-mouth epidemic. The revelation, about muddled...
Youthful Role Model Branson Puts the Boot into Beckham
When it comes to youthful ambitions, touring the world with a rock band or playing football for England are not, it appears, as high on the wish-list as previously thought. For a new study has revealed a phenomenal increase in the number of young...