The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from December 15, 2000

10 Held over Killing of Damilola
Byline: Damien Pearse A 14-year-old boy arrested in connection with the murder of ten-year-old Damilola Taylor has been released, Scotland Yard said yesterday. Ten boys aged 12 to 16 are still in custody after they were arrested in a series of...
A Christmas Wish; Composer Steve Chatman Has Many Happy Memories of His Stay in the Midlands, Writes Christopher Morley
Byline: Christopher Morley Composer Steve Chatman will be 30,000 feet up in the sky, on his way home to Vancouver after a six-month sabbatical in England, at the very moment that Barnt Green Choral Society performs one of his works in its Christmas...
A DAY in the Life of Arnie; Mike Davies Reviews the Latest Cinema Releases
Byline: Mike Davies THE 6TH DAY CERT 12 124MINS A star footballer breaks his neck in the middle of the game. Bundled off in an ambulance, his life support systems are shut down. He's dead. A week later he's back on the field. This is the...
Agarkar Speeds to Indian Milestone
Ajit Agarkar scored the fastest half-century by an Indian in one-day internationals to help lift his side to a 39-run victory in the fifth and final match against Zimbabwe in Rajkot yesterday. Agarkar's batting blitz helped India to an imposing...
Albion Heartened by Taylor's Sorry State of Affairs
Byline: Brian Halford West Bromwich Albion will travel to Hertfordshire tomorrow eager to accelerate the downward spiral of a Watford side accused by their manager Graham Taylor of feeling sorry for themselves. Five weeks ago, the Baggies trailed...
Big Times Ahead as Major Firms Look to New Year
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor British industry is looking for a distinctly brighter New Year, with rising output, the best order books since March, 1998 and less downward pressure on prices. Of the 959 industrialists who responded...
BMA Organ-Consent Guide Is Dismissed by Parents
Byline: Jenny Hudson Health Correspondent Families of children whose organs were retained without their full knowledge or consent by a Birmingham hospital have dismissed a new guide for doctors on obtaining informed medical consent. The book...
Burden of Responsibility after MP's Ballot Success
Byline: By Jason Beattie Political Editor Birmingham MP Richard Burden has come top of the annual ballot to decide which private members will be allowed to introduce legislation in the current parliamentary session. The Labour MP for Northfield...
Calzaghe Using Friendship to His Advantage
Byline: Ged Scott Joe Calzaghe last night admitted that fighting one of his best boxing mates would help him keep his cool against Richie Woodhall in Sheffield tomorrow night, writes Ged Scott. Much has been made of the fact that the two main...
Cash Crisis Bites Deep at Moseley
Moseley's players - still in a state of euphoria after their 22-15 win over fierce rivals Worcester - face the dismal prospect of pay cuts as the club struggles to turn around its misfortunes. Success on the field - Moseley have risen to sixth in...
City View: Why It's Been an Easy Year to Find Yourself out There Losing Money
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell It has been a rotten year for shares. Just how rotten for adventurous investors we shall discover after Christmas when we run the results of our annual share-tipping exercise for Birmingham stockbrokers. But this...
Creditor Anger at Assets Move
Byline: Philip Williams Deputy Business Editor The directors of the new Jensen sports car enterprise put bailiffs into two of their ailing engineering businesses to protect assets of their own pension fund, it emerged yesterday. Robin Bowyer...
Domi Denial Soothes Newcastle's Fury over Damning Internet Story
Newcastle have hit back angrily at claims that French defender Didier Domi is set to quit the club because manager Bobby Robson is behind the times. An Internet report on the website Football 365.com, which was picked up by news organisations, claimed...
Domus Giant Rises as Housing Builders Agree Pounds 879m Merger
Byline: Richard Tyler The two largest housebuilders in the Midlands - Bryant and Beazer Homes - yesterday revealed they were bringing their two businesses under one roof to create a pounds 879 million giant called Domus. Shareholders in Solihull-based...
Faldo Offered Ticket to Ryder
Byline: Phil Casey European captain Sam Torrance yesterday told Nick Faldo he stands a great chance of being picked for the Ryder Cup next year. Only the top ten on the Order of Merit after the BMW International Open in Munich next September...
Familiarity Breeds Contempt as O'Sullivan Reaches Last Four
Ronnie O'Sullivan might be enjoying the most consistent season of his career but he admits he is getting no pleasure from snooker - despite reaching the semi-finals of the pounds 311,000 China Open in Shenzhen yesterday. O'Sullivan was in no mood...
Fast Forward for Advisers with First Woman Boss
Birmingham Forward, the organisation that represents the city's 90,000 strong professional, financial and business advisory sector, has announced a new executive appointment to raise its profile. Lorraine Francis is to become its first female executive...
Fish and Chips Will Not Take a Battering
Byline: Geoff Meade The nation's fish and chips are safe despite EU talks in Brussels which could lead to cutbacks in fish catches for UK trawlermen, a major supplier said yesterday. Youngs Bluecrest, which supplies 30 per cent of the seafood...
For What It's Worth Exceeding Expectations; Pounds 300,000, and Just under, Might Still Secure a Worcestershire Manor House - or Shares in One. A Similar Sum Will Buy an Old Shropshire Farmhouse with an Acre. and in Birmingham, It Is Enough for a 'Penthouse', Discovers Marsya Lennox
Byline: Marsya Lennox Auctioneers Gusterson Palmer have sold The Manor House at Knowle Hill Evesham for pounds 287,000, well above its pounds 200,000 guide figure. The listed, detached property stands in two and a half acres, on rising ground...
Gold at One with Fans on Burchill Value for Blues
Byline: Brian Halford David Gold last night said Birmingham City had got their strategy spot on regarding a possible permanent capture of young striker Mark Burchill from Celtic. Burchill's long-term future has still to be resolved even though...
Hague Blames Lawrence Study for Police Morale
Tory leader William Hague claimed that the MacPherson report into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence had been used to brand every police officer as racist and had contributed to a 'collapse' in police morale and recruitment. Mr Hague...
Healthy Results Enable iSoft Buy
Byline: Anita Deshmukh City Editor Healthcare information systems group iSoft has celebrated a healthy set of interim results by announcing its first major acquisition since floating in July. It has spent pounds 25 million on buying ACT Medisys...
Historic Gem within City Walls
Byline: Marsya Lennox The Porch House at Swan Hill, Shrewsbury was built in 1628 at the height of a local property boom. Charles I was still unquestioned in the exercise of his Divine Right and Shrewsbury prospered, its wealthy merchants bagging...
Holiday Insurance Could Be Useless
The holiday insurance that tour operators encourage you to buy from their travel agents could be all but useless, according to a Redditch solicitor. Simon Paulo, a partner in Browning & Co, which has offices in Redditch and Alcester, said that...
How to Leave the Taxman Standing at the Forecourt
Byline: Chris Russon Motoring Correspondent Lean and green are about to become two very important words when it comes to new car buying. Fuel economy has always been crucial to a car's competitiveness but as of March, eco-friendliness is to be...
Interest-Rate Hopes Dashed by Shopping Boom
Fears grew yesterday that interest rates may not be cut early in the New Year, after news that retail sales rebounded strongly in November, recovering briskly from a sluggish October dogged by floods, unreliable trains and traffic jams. Last month,...
Jobs Promise as NEC Sells Operation to Canadians
NEC has sold its Telford mobile telephone manufacturing operation to Canadian company Celestica. The 460 employees at the NEC plant were told yesterday that there would be no redundancies and they had all been transferred. Japanese company NEC...
Jones Determined to Make a Name for Himself with Move to Leicester
Leicester City's new signing Matthew Jones has set his sights on emulating the achievements of his role models David Batty and Roy Keane after completing his pounds 3 million move from Leeds United. Jones has been bought by Foxes manager Peter Taylor...
Judge's Drastic Proposal to Combat Match-Fixing
The judge probing the Hansie Cronje corruption saga recommended random lie-detector tests yesterday for South Africa's players, room searches and the monitoring of telephone calls to eliminate attempts at match-fixing. Judge Edwin King included...
Lee Demands Aggression for Molineux Test
Byline: Ged Scott Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Colin Lee last night called for his struggling side to rediscover their missing aggression for Sunday's Molineux derby battle with Birmingham City. He wants Wolves to recapture the fighting spirit...
Less Distance as Crow Flies
Byline: Veritas A drop back in trip can help Percy Crow fly into the winner's enclosure at Uttoxeter today. For a seven-year-old, Percy Crow does not have that many miles on the clock and it would seem he has been marking time until he went chasing....
Letters in Brief: Tories at Odds with Anti-Social Orders
Sir, - I was interested to read of the decision of Birmingham magistrates to jail a prostitute who breached an anti-social behaviour order. The Government introduced the anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) to help local communities fight back against...
Letters to the Editor\
European Army promises to be costly mistake Sir, - What a morning! Firstly, in reading the 'EastEnders level' drivel of Michael Cashman MEP, (I can never disassociate this person from the programme he graced for so long), which must be due to his...
Letters to the Editor: Let's Have a Grand New Street Vision
Sir, - We now have the Mailbox. Can we please also have the Railbox? There has been much publicity recently over many new city centre developments, including Brindleyplace, the Bull Ring and a proposed major redevelopment of the Paradise Circus...
Lottery Owner Change 'Could Be Big Gamble'
Changing the operator of the National Lottery could hit ticket sales and cut the amount of money raised for good causes, MPs were told yesterday. The National Lottery Commission is next week due to announce whether Camelot has retained the right...
Make Use of Your Break to Fill in That Tax Return
As you sit down on Christmas Day to enjoy the usual festive delights of turkey and mince pies, filling in your tax return should be the last thing on you mind. However, accountants Price Waterhouse Coopers are warning that if you don't give this...
Marathon Effort regarding Henries; It May Be a Long Haul, but Well Worth It. Richard Edmonds Heartily Recommends Sitting through the Plays of Henry VI Parts I, II, III
Byline: Richard Edmonds If you sit through all these performances of the Henries, you can look forward to a 12-hour stint at the Swan, where the seats are not the most comfortable in the world. But in a sense, this matters little, since under...
Meet a Dynamic Duo of the Decks; Martin Longley Tracks Down the Versatile Fingathing
Byline: Martin Longley The pairing of turntables and upright acoustic bass is one of the more unlikely combinations in the world of Hip Hop. Manchester's Fingathing provide an unpredictable slant, always aware of the grooving beats, but filling...
Modahl Will Fight on after Court Loss; New Blow: Athlete's Damages Action Is Dismissed
Athlete Diane Modahl, who yesterday vowed to carry on the fight despite losing her High Court damages action over a ban imposed in the wake of drug-taking allegations. Mrs Modahl, aged 34, and her husband Vicente, of Sale, Greater Manchester, said...
More Aid Urged for Motor Industry; Jobs Available: CBI Chief Says Work Is There for Skilled Vauxhall Workers
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor CBI director general Digby Jones has called on the Government to do more to help the troubled motor industry. But he denied that new regulations were needed to stop Britain becoming a soft touch for auto sector...
Mother Tells of Op That Ruined Life
Byline: Jenny Hudson Health Correspondent A mother of three awarded pounds 60,000 after a mistake during an operation by a junior doctor told yesterday how the problems had ruined her life. Alison Dabbs suffered a pierced bowel following a routine...
Motoring: Sheer Joy of Seeing Sports Car under the Tree
Christmas presents for motorists can be as boring as a chamois leather or as exciting as a sports car wrapped in tinsel. Somewhere between the two lies a huge choice, for everyone from petrol heads yearning for a Ferrari to safety-conscious pragmatists...
New Homes: Craftsmanship and Innovation
Byline: Marsya Lennox Gloucestershire housebuilder Mullion has notched up another honour with its Bibury Stud development in England's 'most beautiful village'. A year after winning the top award in the special development category of The Birmingham...
Perspective: Politicians Are Desperate to Embrace the Disaffected Groups
Byline: Jason Beattie What were the key issues of the Presidential election? Which subjects most exercised the American people? In no particular order, they were prescription drugs, school vouchers, abortion, gun control and the environment. ...
Possible White House Players
Here is a list drawn from informed sources in the US on who may be taking the key jobs in the Bush administration. SECRETARY OF STATE Bush is likely to choose retired General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the...
Prescott Promises Cash for Flood Repair
Byline: Helen Bruce Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott yesterday promised emergency cash for Midland councils following warnings that vital services might be axed to pay for flood repairs. Worcestershire, Shropshire and Gloucestershire county...
President's Visit: A Shining Example for Setting Son of Capitalism
Byline: Kate Kelland It could well have been dubbed 'An American in New Britain'. Pop star Sting studied at Warwick University for a couple of terms before going on to pen his international chart hit An Englishman in New York. For President...
President's Visit: Bill, the Bill and the Bill Simply Top the Bill
Byline: Chris Pryke President Clinton dropped into a local pub for a quick drink - and left without paying the bill. Tired of trawling the antique shops with his wife Hillary along west London's trendy Portobello Road (where his security helicopters...
President's Visit: Clinton's Short Goodbye That Was Long on Policy; Chief Reporter Paul Dale Joined the Audience for Bill Clinton's Final Speech on Foreign Soil as President
Byline: Paul Dale As audiences go, it was a sort of thinking person's party conference. The hall was crammed, security was tight and the politics were intense. The guest list at the University of Warwick, if not quite the full gamut of New Labour...
President's Visit: Marge the Haircut There Again to Say Farewell
Byline: Neil Aitchison Pensioner Marge Potter, who has her own 'special relationship' with President Clinton, bid farewell to the President on behalf of the people of the city. The face of the 70-year-old had looked down from billboards across...
President's Visit: Royal Tea and Sympathy for the Clintons
The Queen waved farewell to President Clinton yesterday when the White House came to Buckingham Palace. The outgoing US President and First Lady Hillary Clinton spent 20 minutes chatting to the Queen, over tea and coffee, in the Palace Audience...
Ryton Business as Usual
Byline: James O'Brien Peugeot has rejected claims that its Ryton plant is under threat of closure. A report yesterday said that Jean-Martin Folz, chief executive of Peugeot, had warned the future of the plant was uncertain due to Britain's wait-and-see...
Scandal of 'Discrimination and Shoddy Care' for Elderly
Elderly patients routinely suffer poor care and discrimination in accident and emergency departments, a charity said yesterday. Help the Aged launched a major campaign to get better treatment for older people and claimed there was a scandalous lack...
Share Prices: Traders on Run over Negative Sentiment
London shares closed heavily in the red yesterday after negative sentiment from the US sent traders scurrying for cover. By the end of trading, the FTSE-100 Index of blue-chip stocks was off 139.2 points at 6263.8. The mood mirrored that seen...
Students Ready to Take on Europe; Sceptical Approach: Competition Winners Head for Alternative Parliament
The European Union should remember its roots as a free trade organisation and avoid grandiose visions of political union, according to the leader of Britain's delegation to the alternative European Parliament. Ten students from King Edward's School,...
Swimming: Britons Make a Splash with Medal Hat-Trick
Byline: Ian Gordon in Valencia Paul Palmer spearheaded Britain's triple medal haul on the opening day of the European Short Course Championships here yesterday. Palmer, who was followed on to the medal rostrum by Mark Foster and Sue Rolph, was...
Television Choice: Castaway Diaries BBC 1, 8.30pm
The castaways are now only a fortnight away from being released back into society, and it is time to start packing the crates - and reflecting on the events of the year gone by on the island of Taransay. One of the last highlights is the result...
The House Divides - but Will It Now Heal?
World leaders congratulated President-elect George Bush yesterday and promised to work closely with him, but public concern also emerged about what will happen to the US economy and foreign policy under the new deeply divided government. After weeks...
Trail to the Chief: Children and Prayers Usher in a New Republican Era; Unity Is the Word on Bush Telegraph Come Let Us Reason Together, and Heal the Hurt Deep Inside. Let Us Reach out Our Hand to Our Brother, and Heal the Great Divide Lyrics by Country Star Larry Gatlin the President-Elect Greets Children on His Way to Church Yesterday
Byline: Richard Williams in Austin President-elect George W Bush laboured on his transition to power yesterday as Democratic leaders of Congress professed their willingness to work across party lines. The word unity echoed around the nation's...
Transport Pot of Gold Provokes Outrage over New Car Tax Plans
Byline: Jason Beattie Political Editor The Government suffered a furious reaction yesterday against its plans for city centre congestion charges after it emerged it had a war chest for future transport improvements. Transport Minister Keith Hill...
Victim Who Drove Death around City; Street Terror: Spanish Politician Murdered
Basque terrorists have been blamed for the murder of a Spanish politician who was blown up yesterday as he was driving his car. Father-of-two Francisco Cano, aged 45, was driving from Viladecavalls to Terrassa in the Catalonia region when a bomb...
Villa Raise Striker Stakes
Byline: Ged Scott Aston Villa manager John Gregory last night revealed he has a pounds 10 million transfer budget to fund his season-long chase for a new striker. After returning from his weekend scouting mission to Argentina, Gregory also confirmed,...
Volvo in a Different Class; Looks and Performance: Ford Investment Brings Changes Which Are Hard to Resist
Byline: Chris Russon Motoring Correspondent Volvos, once safety-obsessed and dull cars, now combine enough performance, class and choice of equipment to make them worth considering as an alternative to a BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Jaguar. As part...
When a Christmas Bonus to Employees Is Criminal
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor At a time of year when employers may be thinking of making a bonus cash payment to staff, tax advisers are warning of a new criminal offence which could make such practices a thing of the past. Experts at...
White Wary of Pitfalls on and off Field
Byline: Michael Blair Rugby Correspondent Moseley, beaten by a dot in their first National League One meeting with Birmingham & Solihull three weeks ago, have armed themselves with a few practical truths in preparation for the return at Sharmans...
Workers Strike in Support of Luton Colleagues
Byline: James O'Brien Workers at Vauxhall car plants staged unofficial walkouts yesterday in protest at the shock announcement by General Motors to end car production at Luton with the loss of 2,000 jobs during the next 18 months. Production...
World Bids Farewell to a Giant among Leaders; as America Bids Farewell to Its Most Popular President Ros Dodd Examines Bill Clinton's Enduring Appeal
Byline: Ros Dodd It's said that when Bill Clinton walks into a room, everyone gets to feel the aura of warmth and charm that clings to him like a cloak. What is so beguiling is that when the out-going US President says 'have a nice day', he seems...
Wounded Worcester Set to Bounce Back
From a campaigner as wise and as well versed in the vicissitudes of the first-class game as Geoff Cooke, you would have expected words of this order: 'The defeat,' he said of Worcester's result at Moseley last week, 'was an obvious disappointment....
Young People Can Learn from Prince William
Byline: Julie Kirkbride How nice it was to see at close quarters the future King William V on our television screens this week. It left me feeling how lucky we are in Britain that such a handsome, charming and considerate young man will one day...