The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 17, 1998

100 Women in Plea over Doctor's 'Blunders'
More than 100 women attended a highly emotional meeting last night claiming to have been victims of one of the country's worst medical scandals. They were all patients of shamed gynaecologist Rodney Ledward, who was struck off the medical register...
[4] Midland Digest
Drivers killed in separate crashes Two drivers died when their cars were involved in separate accidents in Worcestershire yesterday. A West Mercia Police spokesman said a woman died when her vehicle smashed into roadside railings outside Old...
Airlines Seek Worldwide Crackdown on Drunken Thug Menace; BACKGROUND Jayne Howarth Reports on the Airlines' Battle against Unruly Passengers
Hooliganism in the skies is on the increase, according to statistics produced by airline companies. Since 1995, cases of "air rage" have quadrupled and last year alone British Airways recorded more than 260 violent outbursts against crew and passengers....
Arts Council under Royal Fire over Funding
The Prince of Wales yesterday mon launched a thinly veiled attack on the Arts Council during his annual address to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon. After hearing the company had reduced its debts from pounds 1.6 million last year...
ARTS IN BRIEF Medicine Goes Down
Birmingham Stage Company returns to the Old Rep in two weeks time with a production which is already the most successful in its six-year history. The Christmas production of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine has already sold 36,000 tickets...
Austen Bucks One Parent Theory; Headteacher Points to Novelist's Success
Lessons from the past had proved that children raised by single parents are just as likely to succeed in the classroom as those from traditional families. Mrs Jackie Anderson, president of the Girls' Schools Association and headmistress of King's...
Barry Put on England Fast-Track by Hoddle
Aston Villa central defender Gareth Barry will win his first England Under-21 cap in tonight's international with the Czech Republic at Portman Road. England coach Peter Taylor confirmed that 17-year-old Barry was in his starting line-up after impressing...
Bassett Bid Declared Ofimits for Wolves
Nottingham Forest have told Wolverhampton Wanderers they will be wasting their time in trying to hire Dave Bassett as successor to Mark McGhee. The Forest manager is the latest to be linked with the job at Molineux although, as yet, there has been...
Beckham's Future Still on the Boil
Glenn Hoddle has warned midfielder David Beckham that he still has some way to go to curb the indiscipline problems which cost his country dear at the World Cup. Beckham was at the centre of another red-card storm at Old Trafford on Saturday, when...
Bitter Upshot to Worcester Exploits
Worcester may be scorching through the leagues with ease but cup football is not coming easy to them, writes MICHAEL BLAIR. They drew Newcastle, the best team in the country last season, they had Coventry, away, last Saturday and now they've got...
Brave Rams Ruin Van Hooijdonk's Match-Winning Chance; Nottingham Forest 2 Derby County 2
Record signing Horatio Carbonari was Derby's saviour as Pierre van Hooijdonk was denied a City Ground winner. Forest were on course for their first Premiership win since August 29 when van Hooijdonk headed his side into a 62nd-minute lead. But 10...
British Steel's Profits and Jobs Warning Chills Market
British Steel sent a chill through the market yesterday after revealing that job losses would accelerate in the second half and warning that it stands to make its first fulear loss for seven years if the current slump in steel prices continues. ...
Bumper Boost for Region as LDV Lands Pounds 25m Deal
The Midland auto industry, under a cloud following the problems at Rover, yesterday got a big boost as the Government approved pounds 25million of aid to Birmingham van maker LDV. The decision clears the way for the previously announced strategic...
Carpetland Sale Opens Door for Improved Allied Deal
Allied Carpets yesterday sold the bulk of its under-performing Carpetland stores for more than pounds 12million to rival Carpetright and said it would now seek a higher offer for the group from the bidder it has been in takeover talks with. Chairman...
Cartwright Prepared for Return to Normal Service; Sally Jones on the Sutton Coldfield Player Who Beat Harrowing Injuries
Sutton Coldfield's Laura Cartwright is hoping to mark a double celebration today as she takes on wild card Heidi Farr in the opening round of the National Tennis Championships at Telford on the eve of her 18th birthday. Cartwright, should she progress,...
CD-ROM Game Review: Chessmaster 6000; for the Chess Junkie - the Only Mates You'll Ever Need
Chessmaster 6000 has reigned undefeated as the number one interactive chess product worldwide for 12 years - and it's little wonder why. As a complete chess novice, I became hooked on the programme after just an hour of simply styling the game to...
Cherie's Mystic Megalomania; Ros Dodd Examines the Latest Key Movements at the Heart of the Blair Government
Cherie Blair comes across as a sensible kind of woman. She is a dedicated to her career as a top-flight barrister and ably juggles her work commitments with bringing up her three children and fulfilling her role as Britain's First Lady. But there...
City View: Bubble Can Burst Even in IT World
There is just one outstanding concern that would-be investors ought to bear in mind. The information technology bubble burst in fairly spectacular fashion earlier this year after a shock profits warning from Edgbaston software company JBA and fears...
Coal Battle Woman Loses Fight over Home
A Midland woman who claimed she could not sell her home because of old mine workings has lost her High Court battle for damages against the Coal Authority. Mrs Julie Leppington accused the authority of breaching its duty of care, saying it had misrepresented...
Crisis-Hit Farmers Reap Pounds 120 Million Aid Package
A pounds 120 million aid package to help the crisis-hit farming industry was unveiled by the Government yesterday. Agriculture Minister Mr Nick Brown told the House of Commons there would be a three-pronged package primarily aimed at cattle and...
Delegation to Press for Fair Deal over Schools
A delegation of councillors, head teachers and governors will descend on Parliament today to demand a fairer financial deal for Worcestershire schools. MPs have also been invited to join the lobby, which will meet with Schools Minister Mr Charles...
Don't Get a Complex, Get a c/PLEX; Will Alsop, One of Britain's Most Internationally Renowned Architects, Could Be Facing His Biggest Challenge in West Bromwich. Terry Grimley Reports
If and when West Bromwich's pounds 35 million media centre, c/PLEX, finally opens its doors, it had better make sure its coffee is up to scratch. As newly-appointed architect Will Alsop explains: "One of my early buildings was a swimming pool in...
Drug-Addict Inmates to Get the Needle
Young prison inmates with a drug addiction are to be offered acupuncture to wean them off their habit. Brinsford Young Offenders Institution, near Wolverhampton, is one of the latest prisons to introduce the new age technique. The scheme has...
End of an Era as Lord Chancellor Dresses Down
No more fancy dress:Lord irvine of Lairg (right) with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, entering the Royal Courts of Justice The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, will not have to wear his "fancy dress" of breeches, tights and...
Forward-Thinking Approach Keeps Company Vibrant
Doug Woodward accepts Computer People's award from Annette Edwards, of Sainsbury's. The expansion of the Birmingham office will be the second time that champagne corks have been popping at Computer People in the last month. Earlier in October...
Golf Club 'Expelled Me over VAT Row'
A Midland golf club committee expelled a retired company director on "trumped up" disciplinary charges to stifle his calls for VAT rebates to be returned to members, a court heard yesterday. Mr Bryan Bayley, aged 69, was branded a "nutcase" with...
Government Will Not Desert Rover, Pledges Mandelson
The Government will be involved in whatever changes take place at Rover, Trade and Industry Secretary Mr Peter Mandelson pledged yesterday. Mr Mandelson said he had been in touch with BMW to ensure talks between Rover Group management and union...
Grammar Schools May Go Private
Birmingham's renowned King Edward Foundation schools last night warned they could become private rather than submit to Government plans to abolish grammars. They said parents who voted to end grammars in controversial ballots might end up with independent...
Henman Up in the World for Hanover
Tim Henman will go into the ATP Tour World Championship in Hanover next week with the added boost of climbing one place to ninth in the latest world rankings. The British number one previously occupied ninth place for two weeks last month before...
Henry Looking on Bright Side for Quinnell Appeal
Wales coach Graham Henry is confident Scott Quinnell will be available for Saturday's battle against Argentina at Llanelli. But the Rugby Football Union were last night unable to confirm reports that England captain Lawrence Dallaglio might have...
Hoddle Turns England Spotlight on Hawthorns Goal Machine Hughes
West Bromwich Albion's 21-goal striker Lee Hughes has come under scrutiny at the highest level Glenn Hoddle is having him watched. The club have grown accustomed to the posse of Premiership spies descending on their fixtures every week, but Hoddle's...
Holiday-Jet Drunk Jailed for Attacking Passenger
A drunken airline passenger who declared his love for the captain of the plane before headbutting a fellow traveller was jailed yesterday. The early morning flight from Birmingham International Airport to Malta had to be diverted to Milan when Anthony...
Homes Repair Headache as Council Rent Arrears Rise
More council houses in Birmingham are remaining empty for longer as they fall into disrepair, an audit of the city's local authority revealed yesterday mon. There are also an increasing number of tenants who owe more than 13 weeks of rent than in...
Illustrious Shadows Cast Cloud on Telford
While Wembley awaits its fate, Telford must try and make do without the twin towers of British tennis this week. At least the Shropshire town had Tim Henman propping up the National Championships in 1997, but neither the British No1 nor his great...
'I Will Get Her' Threat to Magistrate; Neighbours' Son Denies Harassment Claim
A woman magistrate with 32 years' service on the bench told a court yesterday mon how she was threatened twice in one day by her neighbour's son. Mrs Pauline Meredith said Carl Adams threatened her over the garden fence at the rear of her Wolverhampton...
Judge Hands Down Four Life Sentences to Builder Who Ran Amok with Gun
A man was jailed for life yesterday after running amok with a gun, shooting a policeman, killing a police dog and then turning the gun on his ex-girlfriend. Adam Willmott (33), was given four life sentences by a judge at Oxford Crown Court after...
Kirkland Takes Helm at EBBA
Simon Kirkland has taken over as chief executive of the English Basketball Association (EBBA) and will bid to close the book on a turbulent year for the organisation. Kirkland who had been hired earlier this year to be developmental manager of basketball's...
Look to the Future and a Fairer Voting System
Sir, - Although I didn't agree with most of your editorial (Post, Oct 30) regarding electoral reform, at least you made a contribution towards the public debate which the Jenkins Commission called for. This contrasts with the attitude struck by...
Marco Looking Foward to Bright Fu-Ture
Magical Marco Fu had double cause for celebration yesterday with success on and off the table at the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship in Bournemouth. He forged a 5-3 overnight lead over Gary Wilkinson who becomes one of Fu's new stable-mates after...
Market Reports: US Interest Rate Cut Hopes Boost Shares
City shares ended the day on a positive note yesterday amid hopes of an interest rate cut in the US. After bolting helor-leather out of the starting gates and notching up a gain of 77.5 points, shares spent the rest of the day edging down to close...
Memory Chips on the Way Up
Wrapping up an abysmal year, computer chip makers now say that the worst is over and their industry can expect steady recovery and growth for the next three years. The Semiconductor Industry Association, made up of a group of presidents and chief...
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Microsoft Still Hanging on the Telephone
Mobile phones have been in the news for the wrong reasons recently, following an unsuccessful attempt by a scientist to bring a legal test case to force manufacturers and suppliers to put health warnings on them. For heavy users, putting an electromagnet...
Midland Digest
Police condemn 'idiots' over bypass brick trap Youths who put the lives of motorists in danger in two separate incidents in Tamworth were described as idiots by police yesterday. A brick was tied to a roll of electrical cable and dangled at windscreen...
New Labour, New Subsidy, Same Old Moans All Round; Dennis Ellam Wonders If British Agriculture Is Worth the Outlay
Right away, the farmers complain that the money is not enough and is many months too late. The public, however, will be concerned that it might be too much, that it has come too readily to hand, and that it might now be given away too easily. ...
News Digest
Lord of the Dance star wins libel action against paper Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley won a libel court apology yesterday over allegations that the show had often played to halmpty houses and that he lost pounds 10million in a recent legal...
New System Helps You Get Your Message Across
It is a bank holiday. A major utility company has a skeleton staff handling incoming customer calls with a voicemail system taking messages to cope with any overflow. Everything seems normal, but in fact the voice messaging system has stopped working...
Now Mr Prisoner Is the Word of the Day, Says Jails Watchdog
Prison officers should address prisoners as "Mr" or "Ms", the Chief Inspector of Prisons said yesterday. Sir David Ramsbotham said he had been impressed by the beneficial effect which the use of prisoners' names had in private jails. He said...
ON THE HOUSE Lords' 11th-Hour Bid Proves Its Worth
The peers had their chance when they got their hands on the Government's European Parliamentary Elections Bill. If hereditary peers are going to be abolished, they are clearly determined to go out in a blaze of glory. They were never going to...
Our Narrow Escape, by M-Way Girl Hit by Brick
A woman whose jaw was shattered by a brick hurled from a motorway bridge as a car travelled at 70mph said yesterday she was only glad it did not hit the driver. Cathy Hall, aged 29, underwent complex surgery after the missile smashed into her face...
Out of Sight, out of Mind
The Government's announcement of pounds 120 million aid for agriculture is a belated acknowledgement that the industry is in a crisis from which it so far shows no signs of emerging. The problem is, of course, that in the town-versus-country debate,...
Overweight Wife 'Beaten and Left to Die by Husband'
A woman brought to Britain in an arranged marriage was beaten and left to die by her husband who went off her when her weight doubled, Birmingham Crown Court heard yesterday mon. Mrs Sukhjit Kaur, who went on a severe diet to get her weight down...
Paying Too High a Penalty for Desperate Resistance
The silliest penalty try I have seen awarded and this is some claim; penalty tries have become rugby's most obvious, most odious disfigurement was at Newcastle a few years ago. Newcastle were attacking and their outside centre offered a pass to...
Personal Computers Geared for Growth
The personal computer will not be eclipsed by the increasing prevalence of the Internet and connectivity and will maintain its central role in the growth of technology, Microsoft chairman and chief executive officer Mr Bill Gates insisted yesterday....
Publishing Group EMAP Ahead of the Slowdown
Publishing group EMAP - which is behind some of Britain's best-known magazines - reported record halear figures and confidently predicted it will maintain double-digit earnings growth in spite of the looming economic slowdown. Profits rose 16 per...
Quick Lange Link-Up Looking Doubtful for Striker-Hunting Sky Blues
Coventry City's bid to sign Norwegian Under-21 international Rune Lange as a replacement for Dion Dublin was shrouded in confusion last night. City and Norwegian club Tromso are understood to have agreed a fee of pounds 3million for the striker,...
Raivue Can Raise Wetherby Roof
Raivue can surprise some decent hurdling prospects first time up in the French Ballerina Novices' Hurdle at Wetherby this afternoon. A decent performer on the level with Ernie Weymes rated 81 the four-year-old was bought by ex-trainer Peter Easterby...
Sing If You're Glad to Be Grey; Tom Robinson Talks to Simon Evans
In a business when careers are measured in minutes rather than years Tom Robinson is pretty grateful for having been around for close on 25 of the latter. The angry young gay singer of Power In The Darkness, Glad To Be Gay and Up Against the Wall...
Stability Is Sexy, Blair Tells the City
Do we have a prayer?Mr Tony Blair listens to the Lord Mayor of London Lord Levene's speech at the Mansion House. Mr Tony Blair last night sought to persuade City financiers his Government had the economy under control, telling them "stability is...
Tails Up for Ashes Drive after Last-Wicket Victory
England believe their tailenders' new-found confidence with the bat will tip the scales when they join battle with Australia for the Ashes this weekend. Australia's 3-2 triumph in England during the last Ashes conflict was down to lower-order players...
Teletubbies Cheer Unigate as Turnover Takes a Dipsy
A new yoghurt featuring the Teletubbies gave Unigate something to smile about yesterday although the food and dairy group revealed it was suffering from economic woes in Britain and abroad. The group, best known for margarine brands like Utterly...
The Bionic Man Is Lurking Round the Corner
When Lee Majors landed on our TV screens as the Six Million Dollar Man, the show was regarded as fantasy. Ten years on, the concept of Robocop was deemed science-fiction. Now though, the idea of cyborgs - part-human, part-machine - is about to...
Theme for the Day
One hot sunny day I walked into a small, remote village in the French Alps. To my surprise the central square was dominated by a large and rather unusual statue. It was of a matronly woman dressed in peasant clothing. Her head was bent down and she...
The Tomlinson View: Linux Takes NT for a Free Ride
This week I have found myself reading endless articles about the free alternative to running a Microsoft operating system on your computer, Linux. Linux has been around for years, so why the sudden interest? Undeniably impressive, Linux, like...
This Crime against the Flower of Our Youth
Sir, - I read with some interest, but also some dismay, Dennis Ellam's piece about General Haig. For many years I was unable to understand why my father was so bitter towards General Haig. My father was a God-fearing man, Sunday school teacher,...
Tourist Boom Sparks Bid to Become Centre of Attraction
A campaign to boost tourism in Stafford has been prepared on the back of last year's boom which added an estimated pounds 50million to business in the town and created 1,500 jobs. Apart from a catchment area of 5.5 million people within an hour's...
United Spread Their Nursery Wings across the Channel to Groom Young Talent; NATIONAL ROUND-UP
Manchester United have finalised plans to form an association with Royal Antwerp in Belgium, giving them a base to groom young talent. The Old Trafford club will pluck top young talent from around the world specifically South America and send them...
Villa Gang of Four's History in Making
Aston Villa are on the brink of making history for the second time in five days with four of John Gregory's men standing by to start for England in tomorrow night's friendly against the Czech Republic at Wembley. Never before have Villa boasted...
W&D Still Keen on Link with Marston's
Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries may bid for rival Marston's in the next couple of weeks after the Burton brewer announced plans to ofoad the bulk of its tenanted pub estate. The pounds 137 million deal is in line with Marston's strategy to...
We Love Our PCs Say Confident Brummies
Are Brummies having a love affair with their computers? If the results of a new two-year Microsoft study are anything to go by, Birmingham has gone computer-crazy. Far from being computer-shy, Brummies with a PC are talking more about their computer...
When Animal Rights Can Simply Be Very Wrong; We Must Still Ensure We Can Undertake Medical Research, Says Finola Lynch
The British have been known as a nation of animal lovers since the House of Parliament became the first legislature in the world to debate a Bill to protect animals. That was back in 1800 and the animals in question were bulls. Twenty years later...
Women at the Head of the Queue for Viagra
Frustrated women seeking sexual fulfilment are demanding their lovers take the impotency pill Viagra - or get out. A Birmingham GP said women are giving their partners an ultimatum to go on the pill to reignite the passion between the sheets. ...
Youth Who Made Racist Jibes Loses Appeal against Custodial Sentence
A teenager whose racist comments towards a group of Asians sparked off a "free-for-all" in which a number of people were injured has lost his appeal against a custodial sentence. The 15-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was sentenced...