The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from June 1, 2000

Act Begins to Hammer Builders' Disputes
Two years after it was introduced, legislation contained in the Construction Act is at last beginning to bite. So says Mr Graeme Bradley, partner and head of the construction and engineering group at Birmingham lawyers DLA. 'Against all the odds'...
Actor Found True Role as Black Country MP
Former Labour MP Mr Andrew Faulds, who represented the Black Country for 31 years, died yesterday at the age of 77. Mr Faulds, an accomplished Shakespearian actor, had been suffering from cancer for the last year. He died in a nursing home in his...
A Man Reborn to Conduct Again; Described as the Most Illuminating Symphonic Conductor of Our Time, Mariss Jansons Brings His Pittsburgh Orchestra to Birmingham This Weekend. Terry Grimley Reports
Mariss Jansons is one of the world's most widely respected orchestral conductors, but in a sense he is a man who has had two careers. The watershed between them came in the moment when, conducting a performance of La Boheme in Oslo in 1996, the...
Another No-Hoper Born to Appear in Court; If You Want Evidence of the Flotsam and Jetsam of Our Society, Spend Some Time in the Courthouse, Says Michael Posner
We are all supposed to be products of our environment. There isn't a choice. That's it - the stark truth. From the womb to the tomb we are part of life's rich tapestry. In the courts of our nation, this fact is never more apparent as day by day,...
Anti-Hunt Protest outside Commons ... but There's No One Inside to Hear
Hundreds of angry anti-hunt protesters staged a noisy demonstration outside the House of Commons yesterday to warn the Government that they expect action soon to outlaw the sport. Placard-waving members of the National Anti-Hunt Campaign carried...
Bank Wins Inflation Verdict; Economists Offer Vote of Confidence
Economists have given the thumbs-up to the Bank of England as it celebrates its third anniversary in charge of interest rates. While manufacturers, particularly in the Midlands, have blamed the Bank for high interest rates that have boosted sterling...
Barry Joins England Elite; Villa Youngster Gets Nod for Euro 2000 Quest
Aston Villa defender Gareth Barry was the shock inclusion in the England squad for this month's European Championship finals as coach Kevin Keegan finally named his 22 last night. The highly-rated teenage star was joined in Keegan's line-up for...
Barthez: I Will Be Fab for United
Fabien Barthez breezed into Old Trafford and insisted he has what it takes to step into the shoes of Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel. The 28-year-old French international, having completed a pounds 7.8 million switch from Monaco, a British...
Beckham Corners Market; England 2 Ukraine 0 Quality Display Has Mac Exposed
Steve McManaman must have misheard - what Kevin Keegan was offering him was a 'free role', not a 'free ride'. Despite the magic of Paris having sadly rubbed off as marvellous Macca turned back into sad, Scouse slacker, England proved too good for...
Brighouse Hoax Highlights Opposition to Ofsted Tactics
Birmingham's chief education officer had head teachers in stitches at their annual conference yesterday when he poked fun at Ofsted chief Mr Chris Woodhead. Prof Tim Brighouse was speaking to delegates of the National Association of Head Teachers...
Briton in Fight for Baby Left at Airport
A Briton whose girlfriend is accused of abandoning their newborn baby in a toilet at a US airport is expected to attend a custody hearing for the child today. Student Mr Graeme Clifton, aged 21, from Norwich, flew to Boston after girlfriend Kelly...
Butchers 'Are Victimised by Licence Regulations' Malic
A Midland butcher told the first public forum of the Food Standards Agency that his trade was being victimised by licensing regulations. In a question-and-answer session at the Birmingham event, Mr Stanley Evans stood up and asked the FSA panel...
CCTV Study after Man's Decapitation
Police were studying CCTV footage in a bid to uncover clues about the killing of a man whose decapitated body was found in a Birmingham park. West Midlands Police said officers had yet to establish the identity of the murder victim, whose corpse...
Chamber Takes Credit for Change
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry is claiming a victory in its fight to persuade the Government to cut business red tape. The proposed introduction of a new integrated child credit in 2003 will relieve companies of the 'administrative...
City Cool to British Land's Results
British Land, one of Britain's most highly-rated property companies, disappointed the City yesterday with a modest 10.2 per cent increase in its net value of its assets to 694p per share in the year to March, although profits nearly tripled to pounds...
City View: Windfall for the Little Ones
The children will do all right, anyway. Bradford & Bingley ordered its lawyers to avoid the absurd turn of events when Halifax bought Birmingham Midshires. Somehow, all children's accounts where prudent parents, or any adults, were named as trustees...
Clarke in Succulent Form to Harvest Fruits of the Forest; Golf Correspondent Michael Blair Finds Warwickshire's Country Air Agreeing with One of the English Open Favourites
Same tournament, different venue but Darren Clarke is entirely comfortable with the fact that the Compass English Open, which he won at Hanbury Manor last year, has switched to the Forest of Arden, where it starts today. Or rather, switched back....
Competition: Win a Dream Holiday to Jamaica
Sandals is the kind of holiday experience you often dream about, but rarely encounter until now! You and a partner could soon be heading for the Caribbean sojourn courtesy of Sandals, the proud sponsors of the West Indies cricket team on tour in...
Component Parts of a Collective Success
Electrocomponents, the electronic, electrical and industrial supplies distribution group, has posted improved results for the year ended March 31. The group, which includes RS Components in Nuneaton and Corby, also said prospects were promising...
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW Lord's Suits History-Making Taylor
Gloucestershire batsman Chris Taylor wrote a new chapter in cricket history when he became the first player ever to make a Lord's century on his County Championship debut. The 23-year-old hit 104 out of Gloucestershire's 259 all out in their Division...
Dishing Up Some Tasty New Surprises with Food; Iain Bellamy Believes in Whisking Up Some Wild Jazz That's Good Enough to Eat. Martin Longley Finds His Appetite Whetted
When saxophonist Iain Ballamy's Food perform, they spread the stage with edible produce, apple balanced on horn, treacle poured into bass amplifier, lettuces lurking in snare drum. Their set list also reads like a menu, describing sounds as culinary...
Dismay as Invensys Buys Big-Losing Dutch Baan
Invensys, the engineering group formed 18 months ago by the merger of BTR with Siebe, has agreed to buy a struggling Dutch software company Baan for pounds 474 million. Baan, which lost pounds 180 million last year, specialises in software for big...
Dispersal Plan for Refugees Attacked
Controversial Government plans to disperse asylum seekers across the country came under fresh attack yesterday when an influential report warned they would fail unless urgent action was taken. With more than 85 per cent of them concentrated in London...
Disruptive DUP Raises Stakes in Power-Sharing Russian Roulette
The Rev Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists were under fire last night from the Government for plotting to destroy the Good Friday Agreement from within the Stormont executive. Northern Ireland Secretary Mr Peter Mandelson claimed the DUP's plan...
Drugs Death May Spell End of Dance Nights at Club
Sunday night dance music events at one of Birmingham's top nightclubs are set to be scrapped after the city's latest Ecstasy-related death. The move follows a meeting at Que Club, where 37-year-old Mr Nigel Smith-Haynes collapsed at the weekend....
Ecstasy Charge Student Tells Court of Drug Culture Dangers
A university student caught with Ecstasy in a Birmingham nightclub yesterday told a court that taking the drug was 'the most stupid thing I did'. David Webb also said people who became immersed in the 'drug culture' did not realise the potentially...
Ethiopians Claim Victory in Border War
Ethiopian prime minister Mr Meles Zenawi last night declared that the border war with neighbouring Eritrea was over. "The war against Eritrea has been accomplished in victory after all Ethiopian territory occupied by the enemy has been liberated,"...
Farmers Face Cost of Modified Oilseed
Both of the Government options for the management of genetically modified oilseed rape will leave farmers facing increased costs, claims the National Farmers Union. Reduced yields and prices could leave them pounds 3 million worse off, said the...
Henman Qualifying Success Attributed to Healthy Diet of British Beef
Tim Henman last night revealed the secret behind his increasing success on red clay - a diet of red meat. The British No 1 and 13th seed cruised to a comprehensive 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 victory over German qualifier Christian Vinck in the second round of...
High Hopes as Balloonist Heads for Pole
Intrepid balloonist Mr David Hempleman-Adams is on course to clinch a place in the history books tonight as the first balloonist to fly to the North Pole. Organisers of the Britannic Challenge, based on the outskirts of Birmingham, said last night...
High-Tech Bra Given a Supporting Role at Underwear Exhibition
A revolutionary new bra which monitors the heart-rate of wearers was one of the items on show yesterday at an exhibition exploring the British obsession with underwear. The Techno Bra is designed by Ms Kirsty Falconer, who is also working on an...
Honest Girls, It Looks like a Box-Office Flop All Siants
All Saints' debut movie Honest is being pulled from cinemas nationwide after a disastrous showing at the UK box office. The much-hyped film, which received scathing reviews in the UK, is being dropped by the UCI cinema chain, while others are cutting...
Hospitals Hoping to Fill Up Their Nurse Jobs by Looking to the East
Hospitals in Birmingham facing a recruitment crisis among nurses are going to China in search of new staff. Mr Mark Britnell, director of operations at the University Hospital Trust was in Beijing yesterday to investigate recruiting local nurses....
Hospital Traces All Test Blunder Mothers-to-Be
A hospital at the centre of a blunder which meant more than 150 pregnant women were given incorrect results of a Down's syndrome test said yesterday that staff had managed to contact all the mothers-to-be. The 154 women, who are mostly over 35,...
Housing Boom Is Grinding to a Halt
Demand for mortgage loans fell sharply in Britain in April, adding to evidence the housing boom which has troubled interest rate chiefs for months may finally be grinding to an end. Figures from the Bank of England yesterday showed mortgage approvals,...
Hussain to Be Ruthless in Quest for Exceptional
England's players have been told to adopt a ruthless, hard-headed approach to the second Test against Zimbabwe in an attempt to maintain the high standards they set at Lord's a fortnight ago. The emphatic margin of England's first Test victory -...
Jobsin Chalks Up Teacher Website
A new website service which will help hard-pressed head teachers to fill key vacancies quicker has been launched by Leamington-based IT company Jobsin.co.uk. The firm, which recently launched Jobsinhealth.co.uk. has begun its latest enterprise with...
Law on Young Offenders 'Is Abject Failure'
Controversial new laws aimed at saving young offenders from a career in crime were condemned as an 'abject failure' yesterday as they came into force across England and Wales. Only two Child Safety Orders have been passed since pilot studies began...
Legal Clerk Who Fooled Couple Is Banned
A Birmingham solicitor's clerk who 'cruelly' fooled a couple into believing a negligence claim was in progress following the death of their daughter was banned yesterday from working in the legal profession. Steve and Helen Avery, of Sydney Cottage...
Letter from Hong Kong: China Merciless in Effort to Thwart Export of Looted Ming
The row of antique shops in Hong Kong's bustling Hollywood Road is renowned worldwide for the Chinese art on show but dealers touting their wares are now exhibiting more caution. 'Hong Kong is the world's biggest marketplace for Chinese cultural...
London Falling after Early Rises
The main London indices closed virtually unchanged yesterday as this week's rally in markets across the world ran out of steam. Shares opened with solid gains following record rises on the US Nasdaq index and a buoyant performance from the Dow Jones....
Looking for the Right Formula; Milk Marketing Future in Spotlight
Tenders for a research contract to look at a formula pricing of milk have been invited by the Milk Development Council. Several countries, including the US, operate formula pricing systems for ex-farm milk. These control the price paid to farmers,...
MICE Work If You Can Get - and They Did
A West Midlands based company has scooped pounds 15 million worth of contracts at one of the world's most prestigious exhibitions, Expo. Creative marketing support services company MICE Group, of Coventry, has been working flat out at the Expo 2000...
Michael Blair's Golf World: James' Poisoned Words for Ryder Heroes Leave a Shocking Stink
It is not one of golf's unanimous convictions that Europe's management team for the Ryder Cup at The Belfry next year are bounteously endowed with intelligence, subtlety and tact. Hindsight suggests that the last Ryder Cup executive weren't, either:...
Milburn Prescribes Surgery Revolution to Cut Waiting Lists
A radical plan to ensure no NHS patient waits more than three months for an operation is being considered by the Government, Health Secretary Mr Alan Milburn said yesterday. The plan would revolutionise the way the health service works and effectively...
Milburn Sorry for Confusion over Census
The Government was last night forced to apologise after confusion engulfed its plan to poll voters on priorities for the NHS. Twelve million leaflets were being distributed in hospitals, doctors' surgeries and supermarkets, asking people to list...
Molineux Manoeuvres Keep Top Team in Contract Limbo
Wolverhampton Wanderers' management team of Colin Lee and John Ward have still received no official notification about the contract extensions promised nearly a month ago. Manager Lee and first-team coach Ward, who have a year to run on their existing...
Monsoons, Typhoons and 'Good Old Fog' Ahead for Round-the-World Fliers Helicopter
A daredevil grandmother took off in a helicopter yesterday in a bid to become the first woman to fly around the world solo. Mrs Jennifer Murray, aged 59, will steer the single-engined machine over 33 countries for 26,000 miles as part of the NOW...
Morton to Sell Freecom.net; New Move after Takeover Debacle City Staff
Freecom.net's founder Mr Bob Morton has decided to sell off the business. The decision comes in the wake of the debacle over freecom's takeover of Dudley-based software developer Oneview.net which has seen freecom shares tumble from 1771/1p two...
Moseley's Top Australian Duo to Stay Down under Ian Doyle Andy Binns
Moseley have announced that their two Australian backs, Chris Doyle and Alan Sheldon, will not be rejoining them next season. The pair made an impression at The Reddings after arriving from Sydney-based Northern Suburbs last November. Fly-half...
Mother of Moors Victim Pauline Dies
The mother of Moors murder victim Pauline Reade has died in hospital. Mrs Joan Reade, aged 72, died after slipping into a coma. She had suffered ill health and had been in and out of hospital since her 16-year-old daughter vanished on July 12...
Motorsport: High-Speed Jenson Needs to Be Right on Button to Scoop Up Monte Carlo Jackpot
Jenson Button has been told to prove he is as quick on the track as he was on the road to Monaco this weekend. The 20-year-old Frome flyer was in such a hurry to taste the good life in Monte Carlo that he was caught speeding at 143mph in France...
Mouthwatering Plans for Northern Foods
Northern Foods has turned in a six per cent rise in pre-tax profits which is in line with analysts' expectations. Profits for the year ending March 31 rose to pounds 100.2 million from pounds 94.5 million in the previous 12 months. The group,...
Nilis Warming to InterToto Start with New Villa Mates
Belgian striker Luc Nilis is eagerly awaiting Aston Villa's participation in the InterToto Cup, even though their first game comes only two weeks after the Euro 2000 final in which he hopes to be playing. The 33-year-old marksman, who joined Villa...
Nomura Bid for Hyder Trumped
Water and electricity group Hyder, which supplies water to Severn Trent for its Birmingham customers, was on the end of a pounds 464 million takeover bid yesterday. The 300p-a-share bid by Western Power Distribution, the US-owned energy group, trumps...
Nordic Is Something Special from Carlsberg
Danish brewer Carlsberg, one of the group's in for the brewing interests of Bass, yesterday clinched the creation of a new Nordic beer giant. It is paying pounds 850 million to take over Norwegian industrial group Orkla's brewing business. 'Carlsberg's...
On the Right Road to Relief from the Gridlock; Let's Pull Together to Get the West Midlands Moving - Birmingham's Transport Director David Pywell Speaks to Chief Feature Writer Ros Dodd
Gracing a wall in Room Three of Birmingham's Council House, adjacent to where the city's transport director David Pywell is sitting, is a large black and white photograph of a Victorian street scene. There are no cars, motorbikes, trams or lorries...
Optimism as Troubled Businesses Tough It Out
Businesses hit by the high pound and an apparent lack of interest in manufacturing by the Government are proving their resilience during a troubled start to the year. Already 140 businesses in the West Midlands have announced profit warnings, significant...
Paddington Driver 'Had to Rely on Sketch Maps of Rail Routes'
Novice train driver Mr Michael Hodder had to rely on sketch maps because rail bosses did not provide him with proper route plans, the Paddington crash inquiry heard yesterday. The 31-year-old Thames Trains driver was good at his job but "thrown...
Parties Snap over Curb on Campaign Spending as Election Looms
The Government and the Tories were last night locked in a war of words over plans to curb campaign spending in the run-up to a possible snap election next spring. A furious exchange of letters marked the disagreements between the Home Office and...
Plant the Seeds and Watch British Industry Grow Strong
Sir, - One can observe that on account of the low status given culturally and educationally to manufacture and engineering in this country, it is only in times of crisis that a debate even arises upon how our nation, a trading nation, earns the backbone...
Pleat Pleads for Goal-Den Boy Rebrov
Tottenham director of football David Pleat last night urged fans to be patient with pounds 11 million Ukrainian frontman Sergei Rebrov. 'I hope that not too much is expected of Sergei in terms of goals,' Pleat said, ahead of a news conference this...
Pounds 90m to Break Gridlock
Transport chiefs have drawn up a controversial pounds 90 million wish list to tackle congestion blackspots and get the West Midlands moving. The ambitious package, which should be approved by senior councillors tomorrow, will be presented to the...
Powerful Set of Profit Figures; Scottish & Southern Energy Shows Benefit
Scottish & Southern Energy delivered a high-voltage set of annual results yesterday despite the tough electricity price regime. The benefits flowing through from last year's merger of Scottish Hydro and Southern Electric helped to offset the...
Professor Defends 'Top-Up Fees' Plan
Britain's universities risk becoming third rate institutions unless they are allowed to charge students 'top-up' tuition fees, a Midland economist warned yesterday. Prof Andrew Oswald, who teaches at Warwick University, said colleges would be forced...
Public Know Sweet Nothing about Home-Grown Sugar Ghghfghfghfghfgfh
Up to 70 per cent of the British public have no idea what food is produced by farmers in their area, according to a survey published by the National Farmers' Union. The study by market research experts Taylor Nelson Sofres was commissioned by the...
REAL ROLE MODELS FOR REAL WOMEN; Are Young Girls Developing Eating Disorders Because of Painfully Thin Models? Phil Gould Ponders the Image Problem
Waif-like models have come under fire yet again with catwalk stars such as Jodie Kidd and ultra-thin actresses like Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart considered bad role models for today's generation of teenage girls. A new report by the British...
Ryan Has Grounds for Optimism
Mick Ryan can continue to make hay while the sun fails to shine at Goodwood today. The trainer took full advantage of the current wet spell to land a double at rain-hit Haydock Park last Friday with proven soft-ground performers Polar Red and Silk...
Sacked over My Battered Face; Executive Suffered at Hands of Boyfriend
An advertising executive was sacked after colleagues did not want to look at the bruises she suffered at the hands of her violent boyfriend, an employment tribunal was told. Fiona Charrosin, aged 45, told the hearing yesterday that she was sacked...
Sainsbury to Spend Pounds 900m on Its Stores
Sir Peter Davies, who left the top job at Prudential to take the helm as chief executive of J Sainsbury in March, warned yesterday that it will take time to return the supermarkets to their former relentless and profitable growth. He was speaking...
Same Result despite Zimbabwe Tinkering
England look certain to be unchanged against Zimbabwe. They pick from 12, but the only possible change from Lord's is to give a debut to Durham fast bowler, Steve Harmison. None of the pace trio of Darren Gough, Andrew Caddick or Ed Giddins can...
Scepticism at Drive for Ethnic Equality
A Government drive launched in Birmingham to improve race equality was last night branded a publicity stunt by one of the city's leading Asian community workers. The pounds 12 million funding package was announced by Home Office Minister and Midland...
Scotland's Promise Unable to End Barbarians' Monopoly; Scotland 42 Barbarians 45
Scotland will have learnt a lot after they sent out a team largely of promising youngsters to meet the Baa-baas last night in a match to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Murrayfield. This was the fifth time the sides had met, with...
Shanks Set to Benefit from Recycling
Waste management company Shanks Group is expecting to benefit from EU policy and from the UK's decision to set higher recycling targets. Shanks's pounds 209 million purchase of Dutch Waste Management Nederland earlier this year gave it the technology...
Soft Drinks Are Sweet Success as Cadbury Sees Good Growth
Confectionery and soft drinks group Cadbury Schweppes expects a good second half result from its US drinks operations after faster growth in May, its chief financial officer said yesterday. Dr Pepper/Seven Up continued to grow in volume and market...
Speak out with One Strong Voice
Some may regard Mr David Pywell as a lone voice speaking in the wilderness. But if it is any comfort to Birmingham City Council's transport director The Post would like to keep him company. Because Mr Pywell makes the not so remarkable comment that...
Sports Digest
Albion link up with shareholders group West Bromwich Albion have taken a major step towards improving relationships with their shareholders. The club have reached an agreement with Shareholders For Albion (S4A), a new organisation which represents...
Suspended Sentence for Sex Attack on Boys
A former PE teacher at a special school was given a suspended sentence yesterday despite admitting 12 charges of indecent assault on pupils. Keith Figes (50) pleaded guilty to the charges of abuse on seven boys at Badgeworth Court School, Badgeworth,...
Taking a Leaf out of Jane Austen
How can adults help young people get it right? Stop the unwanted pregnancies, the drugs, the sleeping around, the hopelessness, the self-hatred, the misery and the waste that teenage years can often bring. There is plenty of advice around. Politicians...
Terror as Gunman Holds 40 Youngsters at School
A heavily-armed man took about 40 children and several adults hostage in a daycare centre in Wasserbilig, eastern Luxembourg, yesterday. The man had released 16 children, including, six babies since he entered the building unchallenged yesterday...
The Cold Comfort of Technology That Fails
IT failure, temperature, noise and interruptions annoy office workers the most, according to a study to assess the most common office gripes in organisations in the UK and US. The study, by workplace specialist Morgan Lovell, identified a number...
Theme of the Day
I am drawn to people's bookshelves. Some homes though, have no books at all. They are as anonymous as furniture showrooms. Then there are the homes where books are just ornaments. They often stand in cabinets with the Crown Derby tea set except...
Tractor Logo Ploughs Its Way into Shops
A new British farm standard logo has cleaned up in a supermarket sweep, with every one of the eight major retailers now confirming they will print the eye-catching logo on produce. Asda, Co-op, Marks & Spencer, Safeway, Sainsbury's, Somerfield,...
Upbeat Allders Brag They Could Spend Pounds 100m or More on Acquisitions
Retail group Allders said yesterday it could raise pounds 100 million for acquisitions, and more if necessary. Chief executive Mr Harvey Lipsith said: 'We could raise pounds 100 million comfortably If that were the figure needed and more if the...
Warwicks Enter Light Fantastic; Perfect Record Has Notts Arrested at Edgbaston: Warwickshire (222-7, 4pts) Beat Nottinghamshire (184-8) by 38 Runs
Warwickshire maintained their excellent National League start after overcoming Nottinghamshire by 38 runs in the duel of the 100-per-centers at Edgbaston last night. The Bears rose to the first of their three floodlit occasions this season by inflicting...
Wasim Back in Town with Unity
Ambitious Birmingham League First Division side Aston Unity have pulled off a major coup by signing former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram. The former Lancashire all-rounder, who will be 34 on Saturday, had a brief spell with Smethwick last season,...
Wednesday's Finances Stop Kinnear
Joe Kinnear last night snubbed Sheffield Wednesday, rejecting the chance to take over at Hillsborough. Kinnear (right) has been stalling on Wednesday's offer to become their manager since holding talks with the club last Wednesday. But club chairman...
Welsh Leader to Resign
Plaid Cymru's president, Mr Dafydd Wigley, announced yesterday that he is to stand down from the post and resign as the party's leader in the Welsh Assembly. Mr Wigley, who made the decision following medical advice after recent heart treatment,...
We're Flying the Flagships; More Major Lifestyle Stores for Heart of City
A void in Birmingham's retail heart is to be filled with flagship fashion stores as the city centre continues its drive to become a shopper's paradise. The Birmingham Alliance announced yesterday that Gap and Hennes will set up new showcase stores...
We Shall Pay Our Members Pounds 650 Mr Bradford. Very Well, Mr Bingley
Bradford and Bingley Building Society, which wants its 2.6 million members to vote for demutualisation on July 17, said yesterday each would receive a flat 250 shares on conversion, a stake estimated to be worth upwards of pounds 650. The society...