The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 10, 2003

Abusing a Child's Trust Is the Ultimate Act of Betrayal; Child Abuse Not Only Destroys Lives, It Destroys Families. One Mother and Daughter Spoke to Caroline Foulkes about How Their Family Was Affected by an Abusive Relative
Byline: Caroline Foulkes There's nothing that marks someone out as an abuser. They don't have 666 stamped on their foreheads. They don't have devil's horns. And they don't wear dirty raincoats. They smile like anyone else. They go shopping like...
Alarm at Scale of Young Mental Health Problems
Youngsters have to deal with mental health problems such as depression and attempted suicides on a scale never previously recognised, new research revealed today. More than a third of young people know someone who has attempted suicide and one quarter...
ATHLETICS: Montgomery on Track for Birmingham
Byline: David Martin In Ghent Tim Montgomery, the world 100 metres record holder, will race over 60metres in the Norwich Union Grand Prix meeting at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena later this month. The American, along with his partner Marion...
Black Box Studied after Metro Death Crash
Information from a black box data recorder is being studied for clues after a motorist died when his car collided with a Midland Metro tram. The incident happened on the Metro line at the Priestfield park and ride car park in Wolverhampton at about...
Blair 'Target' on Asylum Now a Hope
Tony Blair's promise to halve the number of asylum seekers arriving in Britain is a longer term objective rather than a target, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary David Blunkett was reported to have told colleagues that the pledge was 'undeliverable'....
Boy Soldier's Money Taken from Bank on the Eve of His Funeral
A father has said he was 'baffled' and 'sickened' by the latest twist in the investigation surrounding his son's death at the Army's Deepcut Barracks. Detectives probing the death of 17year-old Private James Collinson, from Perth, have discovered...
Brown and CBI to Work Together on Economy
Gordon Brown and CBI director general Digby Jones have forged a new agreement to work together to boost Britain's flagging economy, the Chancellor confirmed yesterday. The work will focus on areas where the Government and the CBI share common ground...
Brown Applauds Irvine's Pay Rise Rejection
Gordon Brown has said Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg (right) made the right decision in rejecting a pounds 22,000 pay rise which sparked widespread fury among MPs and union leaders. The Chancellor said the massive four-times-the-rate-ofinflation...
Consumer Research Goes Back to Basics
Byline: Graham Sidwell A Birmingham academic says that consumer researchers are adopting techniques once used to study the behaviour of primitive peoples. These new trends in consumer research are being adopted to provide more practical insights...
Cricket: England's Woe amid Showbiz Opening
Byline: Jack Bannister The first two days of the eighth World Cup have been overshadowed by the woeful prevarications of the England & Wales Cricket Board. Chief Executive Tim Lamb has succeeded in alienating everyone, including the International...
Cricket: Lara Inspires Windies to Shock Win
Brian Lara inspired West Indies to an upset three-run victory over hosts South Africa after an extraordinary finish to the opening World Cup pool B match at Newlands, Cape Town, yesterday. Lara struck a masterful 116 after being dropped first ball...
Cricket: New Security Risks Force England into Points-Sharing Plan
Byline: Richard Gibson In Cape Town English cricket chiefs last night delayed making a decision on whether to send the national team to Harare, instead choosing to put legal pressure on the International Cricket Council to have a share of the points...
Cricket World Cup: Klusener Misses Chance to Banish His Burden
South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener had the perfect opportunity to exorcise his 1999 World Cup semi-final ghost yesterday. Instead he ended a heartbroken loser again in the opening match of the 2003 tournament. South Africa seemed lost against...
Culture: Future's in the New-Wave Stars; Johnny Vaughan, Dom Joly and a Fast Show Spin-Off Might Sound like Your Idea of Television Hell. but the BBC Believes Its Latest Digital Channel Aimed at the 20/30-Somethings Will Have a Broader Appeal, as Paul Groves Discovers
Byline: Paul Groves BBC3 will always occupy a controversial place in television history. But that has nothing to do with last night's launch of the Beeb's new digital channel. Rather, BBC3 was the 1960s satirical show that found infamy and many...
Culture: Reviews - A New Star Shines in a Gloomy Play
Byline: Helen Cross Girl, Watching The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre It's 1979 and on an island off the Southern English coast 14 year-old Anna (Samantha Robinson) is excitedly watching birds, overjoyed by the sight of a goldfinch or,...
Culture: Reviews - His Guitar Gently Reaps
During an interestingly diverse career, Mancunian guitarist Aziz Ibrahim can claim to have been the only Muslim in The Christians and the only Asian in Asia (the band, that is, not the continent). Having allegedly picked up the instrument before...
Eighteen Policemen Hurt as Omagh Brawl Turns into Riot
Eighteen police officers were injured during serious rioting in the centre of Omagh yesterday. Police revealed that up to 200 people were involved in the violence in the town during which they ripped up paving stones and knocked down a wall to provide...
: Farmer Plays a Different Tune in Industry Crusade; Some of the Midlands Finest Farmers Have Been Honoured in This Year's NFU West Midlands Farming Awards. Environment Reporter Sarah Probert Talked to a Fruit Farmer, a Turkey Farmer and a Cheese Maker Praised for Their Contribution to the Industry in the Region
Byline: Sarah Probert The 47-year-old abandoned 20 years in the music industry, where he toured the world supplying lighting for the most famous names in pop, for life on a 206-acre farm in Snitterfield. And as he attempts to spark a sea change...
Football: Beattie and Rooney Ready to Take Career Opportunity
Byline: Simon Stone Southampton striker James Beattie looks certain to start alongside Michael Owen when he makes his England debut against Australia at Upton Park on Wednesday. The burly 24-year-old striker had already been assured his 16 Premiership...
Football: Bush Telegraph Tells of Villa's Scrap Ahead; Fulham 2 Aston Villa 1
Byline: Ged Scott Aston Villa travelled to west London looking for growing signs of their renaissance as unquestionably the top team in the West Midlands. Instead, they headed back up the M40 having been handed an ominous message for their struggling...
Football: City Cling to Crumbs of Comfort; Coventry City 0 Burnley 1
Byline: Adam Dent The misery of Coventry's recent form was underlined in bold as they lost a scrappy, typical First Division encounter. It meant that Stan Ternent's men had done the double over the Sky Blues this season and have now won all four...
Football: Continuity Effect Keeps Rangers in Thick of Title Chase; Dr MARTENS PREMIER
Player-manager Phil Robinson would be the first to admit Stafford Rangers' squad does not boast the depth of title rivals Worcester City and Tamworth. But Saturday's 2-1 win over Worcester proved it matters not how powerful the squad looks on paper...
Football: Early Reverses Put Brake on Rovers' Title Plan; DR MARTENS WESTERN
Bromsgrove Rovers know defeat at Merthyr Tydfil has left the Welsh side favourites for the championship. Rovers never recovered from conceding two goals inside the first 20 minutes. Merthyr, relegated last season, lead by five points but Rovers...
Football: Former England Boss Clear on Club-or-Country Poser; Having Seen Both Sides of the Coin, the Villa Manager Believes a Change to International Football Is Rerquired
Former England manager Graham Taylor believes the never-ending club-versus-county row is derailing England's chances of Euro 2004 glory. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called the timing of Wednesday's friendly with Australia 'crazy'...
Football: Realistic Taylor Is Sporting in Defeat
Byline: Ged Scott You don't get to where Graham Taylor has got in life without a healthy grasp on honesty and reality. Disappointed though the Aston Villa manager was not to build on his side's first away win of the season, Taylor accepted that...
Football: Robson Fury with Bergkamp as Robert Dismissal Limits Magpies; PREMIERSHIP REVIEW
Byline: Damian Spellman & Alistair Moffatt Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson hit out at Dennis Bergkamp after Laurent Robert's dismissal cost his side any realistic chance of victory over Premiership leaders Arsenal. The Frenchman received...
Football: Upson Joy at Shock Call; Misery for Barry after Surprising Sven Snub
Byline: James Nursey There was joy and despair for the West Midlands' most talented English footballers when Sven-Goran Eriksson announced his squad for Wednesday's international friendly against Australia at Upton Park. Birmingham's new signing...
Golf: Ignorance Proves to Be Bliss for Casey
Byline: Alex Lowe England's Paul Casey was blissfully unaware of the dramatic tussle which was going on behind him as he led from the front to win the ANZ Championship title by four points. The 25-year-old led into the final round of a tournament...
Group Aims to Build for the Future of Engineering; despite a Chronic Shortage of Engineers, Britain's Education System Is Still Not Producing People with the Skills That Manufacturers Are Crying out for. Part of the Blame Must Go to Schools for Failing to Inspire Young Minds in the Sciences. Shahid Naqvi Meets an Organisation That Is Attempting to Redress the Balance
Byline: Shahid Naqvi Reports of the death of manufacturing have been grossly exaggerated. Despite the tales of gloom, the sector still accounts for a third of British exports and employs 1.7 million people. Moreover, half of the country's top...
Hay Fever Sufferers Warned to Prepare for Longer Season in Region
The Midlands has been warned to brace itself for an earlier, longer and more virulent hay fever season than the rest of the country. The National Pollen Research Unit, based at University College Worcester, has said warm winters could mean sufferers...
Hockey: Midland Duo in Generous Mood despite Drop Fear
Byline: Paul Raymer Two West Midland sides fighting to avoid relegation from English League Division One gave away the lead and dropped valuable points yesterday. Bottom side Stourport led 2-0 at home to Southgate with six minutes remaining and...
Hospital Speeds Patient Referrals
A hospital will today be held up as a national example by the NHS for the success of its electronic patient booking system. Good Hope Hospital, in Sutton Coldfield, has been praised for the system, which gives patients much greater choice over the...
Ice Hockey: Coventry Lift League Title in Blaze of Glory
Byline: Antony Hopker Coventry Blaze clinched the Findus British National League title yesterday, bringing the first major championship to the city for 15 years. Blaze had the satisfaction of winning the title at the current holders Dundee in...
MEP's Praise for Coventry Taxi Plant
Michael Cashman, West Midlands Labour Euro MP, praised the work of LTI (London Taxis International) during a tour of its Coventry production plant. Mr Cashman was briefed about the issues posed to LTI in terms of the imminent decision on review...
Metals Report: Exchange Hit by a Reversal of Fortunes
Strongly under the influence of the copper contract, the metals traded on the London Metal Exchange suffered a major reversal of fortunes last week following the very positive performance of the previous four. The only metal to buck the trend and...
Midland Home Prices Rise Most
House prices have rocketed by more than 22 per cent in England and Wales during the past year - with the biggest increases in the Midlands, new figures show today. The Land Registry said prices were 22.24 per cent higher during the final three months...
Midland Marketeers Walk off with Clutch of Top Industry Prizes
The Midlands has risen to the top of Cream, walking away with more than a dozen trophies at one of the marketing industry's biggest awards events. The region's agencies, such as Rees Bradley Hepburn, Parenthesis and Freestyle, accounted for almost...
Mitchells & Butlers Revived
Byline: Steve Pain Business Staff Pubs and hotel group Six Continents Retail will today rename its soon to be demerged pubs arm Mitchells & Butlers - reviving one of the country's greatest names in licensed retailing. The new name will become...
Mitchells & Butlers Revived
Pubs and hotel group Six Continents Retail will today (mon) rename its soon to be demerged pubs arm Mitchells & Butlers - reviving one of the country's greatest names in licensed retailing. The new name will become effective following the separation...
MMR Jab Clinics in Alert over New Risk
Byline: Simone Heath The doctor at the centre of an alert over the single measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations given at two private clinics has said he was confident that the jabs were successful and no children would suffer any ill effects....
More Than 8,000 Jobs on Offer for Bullring
Byline: Emma Brady Retailers will today begin the task of filling more than 8,000 jobs with the start of a regional recruitment drive for the pounds 500 million Bullring development. The six-month initiative is designed to attract people to a...
Most School Quitters Stay in Profession
The vast majority of teachers who changed jobs in 2001 stayed in the profession, a survey showed yesterday. Unions routinely blame a heavy workload, badly behaved pupils, poor pay and Government initiatives for the flight of teachers from the classroom....
MPs Call for Lords to Be a 'House of the Regions'
Byline: Jonathan Walker Pressure is growing at Westminster for a 'house of the regions' to replace the House of Lords. Three Midland MPs have joined calls for regional assemblies to have a say in who sits in a new Upper House. It follows a...
Museums Project Pointer in Culture Bid
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Birmingham's bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008 received a massive boost today after the region's museums were chosen to spearhead a pounds 70 million Government scheme to revitalise regional museums and galleries....
Officer Shows Pupils Friendly Face of Law; Zannah Lewis Reports on a Birmingham Project That Is Breaking Down the Barriers between Schoolchildren and the Police
Byline: Zannah Lewis Sergeant Paul Keasey found nothing sadder than when parents pulled their children away from him as he walked past them on patrol. They had no respect for authority and - inevitably - nor would their children. But a pilot...
Passion in Politics over New Regional Assemblies
Byline: Paul Dale Political leaders are preparing to adopt a 'wait and see' policy on the question of whether the West Midlands should have an elected regional assembly. With strong passions raised both for and against the idea, councillors are...
Perspective: Why This Dog of War Should Be Kept on a Tight Leash
Byline: John Duckers With all these army reservists being called up to bash Iraq, I am getting nervous. If Tony Blair gets much more desperate goodness knows how low they will trawl, and I did after all make it to the dizzy heights of lance corporal...
Plenty of Prospects despite City Fears
Sunday Telegraph: Discount retailer Peacock delivered an upbeat trading statement last week, helped by the growth of its newly acquired Bon Marche clothing chain and the revamp of its core stores. Buy at 87p. CA Coutts, the point-of-sale display...
Property Speculators Snap Up Homes Blighted by Airport
Byline: Campbell Docherty Property speculators are making inquiries about buying houses at reduced prices in areas threatened by the possibility of a new airport in a bid to cash in if the plans do not go ahead. Estate agents in Rugby and Coventry...
Public Relations: Showcase for Construction Projects; Leader in Front to Raise Profile for Linford Group
Leader Communications has been appointed to handle an expanded PR programme for Linford Group, one of the Midlands' premier construction companies. The programme has been developed to build awareness of Linford's outstanding track record of new...
Racing: Beef or Salmon Heads Menu
Byline: Ray Gilpin Beef Or Salmon forwarded his Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup claims with an impressive victory in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown yesterday. The even-money favourite again showed a classic change of gear from the final...
Rgby Union: Declining Bath Entangled in Relegation Clutches
Brian Smith yesterday put relegation-haunted Bath's fight for Premiership survival into clear perspective by declaring: 'We have six games left, and they are all grand finals.' Bath, despite producing a battling display in losing 29-16 to runaway...
Ruby Union: Peacock Plunders 21 Points in Nuns Romp; Nuneaton 51 Scunthorpe 5
Nuneaton showed the gulf between their clear league leadership and the basement plight of plucky, ever-battling whipping boys Scunthorpe, who kept things scoreless for 22 minutes before folding in the face of a 9-1 try romp. Full-back Jodi Peacock...
Rugby Union: Bees Go Back to Drawing Board; Birmingham & Solihull 7 Otley 21
Byline: Brian Dick at Sharmans Cross Road NATIONAL ONE When a team plays so poorly the partisans can't even pick a home man of the match you know things must have gone badly wrong. And wrong is exactly how it went for B&S against an...
Rugby Union: Coventry Prove Masters with Five-Try Show; Manchester 17 Coventry 34
Byline: Harry Jack at Grove Park Resilient Coventry handed out a lesson in finishing, and defensive strength, as they put their season back on track with a needed first win of 2003. The visitors left Grove Park with maximum points, scoring five...
Rugby Union: Moseley Doff capsTo Mean Machine; Moseley 7 Rotherham 75
Byline: Michael Blair at Bournbrook Reports of the demise of Rotherham's promotion challenge are laughably premature on the evidence of this mis-match at Bournbrook on Saturday. As for the murmurs that Moseley's fortunes are on the turn, the...
Rugby Union: Stour Leave It Late in Free-Scoring Affair; Stourbridge 55 Esher 43
Byline: Howard Clews at Stourton NATIONAL TWO Ninety-eight points, 13 tries, four yellow cards (all for technical, not violent infringements) splendid ball-retention and fine goalkicking on both sides with a basic ingredient of a pulsating,...
Rugby Union: Worcester Celebrate Their Defensive Improvements; Bedford 9 Worcester 45
Byline: Paul Westmacott at Godlington Road You need a game like this if you have been as starved of rugby as the faithful of Godlington road has been. This was a first home game for eight weeks and although the home side fell under the weight...
Sandwell LEA Launches Fresh Recruitment Drive for Top Post
An education authority branded the worst in the country has been unable to find anyone to take on a pounds 70,000-a-year post as head of school improvement - despite a year-long search. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has now launched a fresh...
SPEEDWAY: Midlanders Getting to Grips with Pre-Season Build-Up in Ice Spectacular
Byline: Nigel Pearson A host of top Midland riders will be back on their machines this weekend as the build-up continues to an exciting new season. Wolverhampton's David Howe, Adam Skornicki and Graham Jones will ride alongside Coventry favourite...
Talking Turkey to Rear Best of Birds
They are probably the most pampered turkeys in the Midlands. Fed a diet of corn and orange-flavoured water, the birds reared by Balsall Common farmer Rod Adlington even have aluminium cans and CD discs on string to play with. And the care Richard...
Tennis: Bogdanovic Shows His Promise with Victory; Hyder Jawad in Sydney Sees a Young Briton Take a Big Step Forward
Byline: Hyder Jawad With a clenched fist punching at thin air, Alex Bogdanovic celebrated his straight-sets victory over Todd Woodbridge in the Davis Cup here yesterday. Even the Australian public seemed to welcome the moment. The result - a...
Tennis: Davis Cup Trouncing Sparks LTA to Widen Search for Hagelauer's Successor
Byline: Phil Casey In Sydney The Lawn Tennis Association will step up their search for a new performance director today in the wake of Britain's Davis Cup defeat to Australia. Teenage debutant Alex Bogdanovic ensured Britain avoided a whitewash...
Tennis: Debutant Rescues Surprised Russians; WORLD GROUP ROUND-UP
Champions Russia were given a fright before Davis Cup debutant Nikolay Davydenko squeezed his country into the quarter-finals by winning the deciding singles against the Czech Republic in Ostrava yesterday. World No 52 Ivan Ljubicic turned the formbook...
Tributes Paid to Soldier Killed in Hit-and-Run
Byline: Sophie Blakemore A soldier who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Thailand will be buried tomorrow. Paul Woodcock was hit by a car 200 yards from his home in the coastal city of Pattaya where he lived with his Thai girlfriend. ...
TV Licence Cheats in West Midlands Face Pounds 1,000 Fines
More than 30,000 people in the West Midlands were caught watching television without a licence during 2002. People in Birmingham were the worst offenders, with 8,629 evaders facing fines of up to pounds 1,000 each. Following close behind were...
Wanted: Foster Carers with a Mind for Siblings
Byline: Neil Connor A campaign to recruit more foster carers in Birmingham is being launched tomorrow in an effort to keep more brothers and sisters together. The drive will be launched at the Quality Protects conference which will bring together...
Wartime Stories Paint Poetic Pictures; Hughie O'Donoghue's Huge Paintings Present a New Approach to the Defunct Art of History Painting. Terry Grimley Met Him on the Eve of His Exhibition Opening at the Gas Hall
Byline: Terry Grimley It turns out that Hughie O'Donoghue and I have something in common: his father and mine were both motorcycle despatch riders who were left behind in Normandy in 1940 after the evacuation at Dunkirk. Both escaped, my father...
We Can Avert Iraq War UN Inspectors Insist
Byline: Jonathan Walker United Nations weapons inspectors insisted yesterday they could avert a war in Iraq as the rift between the United States and leading European nations continued to grow. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the UN nuclear watchdog,...
We Should See Universities as a Cultural Asset
Byline: Coun Michael Wilkes Hall Green Sir, - Birmingham aspires to be a city of learning and a city of culture. This is admirable. But with the Government's proposals to allow fees of up to pounds 3,000 a year, aspiring youngsters and their supporting...
When an Alderman Is Not a Councillor
Byline: DENNIS MINNIS Sir, - Oh dear. I suppose I should feel flattered really that so august a civic luminary as Honorary Alderman Sir Bernard Zissman should manage to squeeze timefrom his no doubt busy schedule to put pen to paper and rail against...
Where's the Balance in Sport and More Sport?
Byline: IAN GRAINGER Solihull. Sir, - I read with interest the article in the Business Post (Post, Feb 3) that commercial radio was winning listeners over from BBC Radio WM. I suppose that the BBC will spend thousands of pounds of licence payers'...
Wide Range of Reports Will Keep Stock Market Busy
A heady mixture of pizza, flora, oil, drugs, warehouses, detergents, chocs, cash, gas and TV will dominate stock market proceedings this week. On Tuesday, PizzaExpress will update investors on its turnaround plan and the state of talks with its...
Wrong to Pour Scorn on Title
Byline: MARTIN T HOGG Edgbaston Sir, - Sir Bernard Zissman'speevish letter (Post, Feb 4) demonstrates that the Tories are getting very worried about Alderman Minnis' standing for re-election to the council this year. However, this attack on Alderman...