The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 13, 2003

Addict Killed Sister and Hid Her Body for a Week
Byline: Ross McCarthy A drug addict who caused the death of his pregnant sister by binding and suffocating her, hid her shrouded body for a week and pretended she was still alive by sending out text messages, Birmingham Crown Court heard yesterday....
BACKGROUND - Council Tries to Make the Best of a Bad Job
Byline: Paul Dale Faced by a second successive Government report condemning social services as failing, leaders of Birmingham City Council did the only thing they could do in the circumstances. They made the best of a bad job. 'The direction...
Becks Is Beacon in Darkness; David Beckham Might Rule the World, but He Would Still Have to Wash Up after Himself If He Came to Stay with Paul Groves
Byline: Paul Groves I like David Beckham. I always have. He's provided ample entertainment value, both on and off the football pitch, and seems unable to take himself too seriously. Not being at all concerned at the fortunes of either Manchester...
Bulmers' Tower Possible Source of Legionella Bug
Byline: Emma Pinch A cooling tower at the Bulmers cider factory in Hereford has been identified as a possible source of the bug that causes legionnaire's disease, it was revealed last night. Health officials said initial tests had confirmed the...
Cable & Wireless Recovery Starts Well
Telecoms group Cable & Wireless -back in the black at the operating level -yesterday told shareholders it had made an 'encouraging beginning' to its long-term recovery plan. The London-based group, which has been hauling itself out of a two-year...
Call for Poll on 'United States of Europe'
Plans for a 'United States of Europe' should be put to a public vote, a Midland MP demanded yesterday. John Maples (Con, Stratford) proposed new laws so that a referendum could be held on the proposed EU constitution. It could be signed in May...
Calls for Ceasefire with Israel
Byline: Robert Porter Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia yesterday called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire with Israel and a return to peace talks. He spoke shortly after Yasser Arafat urged an end to the violence with Israel,...
City Social Services Still Poor
Byline: Paul Dale Birmingham social services has not thrown off its reputation as one of the poorest performers in the country, according to a Government report published today. The city council-run department was handed a no-star rating by the...
City View: It Could Be a Bad Show, Playing the Equity Card
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell How much have you spent smartening up your home this year? If it is less than pounds 6,400 you are a cheapskate, no friend to the building trade or the DIY sheds. Well, that is if you believe research by the up-market...
Commercial Property: Law Firm Warns of Tax Relief Problems
Byline: Steve Pain Midlands commercial property buyers are being urged by Birmingham law firm Hammonds to take advantage of the relief on stamp duty, introduced by the Chancellor earlier this year, warning there is a risk it may now be withdrawn...
Commercial Property: Stannifer Sells Lake House to NFU Mutual; Bold Words: Into Light Growth Plan: Insurance Society to Expand Its Thriving Life Division
Stannifer, the commercial property group based in Stratford-upon-Avon, has sold the Lake House at Ryon Hill Park to NFU Mutual Insurance Society to expand its thriving life division. Lake House, a 40,600 sq ft office building situated adjacent to...
Cricket: Awesome Australia Brush Aside Indians
Centuries from Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting set up a thumping 61-run victory for Australia over India in the TVS Cup in Bangalore. Australia amassed 347 for two from their 50 overs --their third highest one-day total --with Gilchrist hitting...
Cricket: Flintoff Dominant as Solanki Fails Again
Byline: Myles Hodgson Andrew Flintoff produced another matchwinning performance to complete a professional display from England as they left Bangladesh having avoided any potential embarrassment from international cricket's weakest side. Having...
Culture: Andrew Cowens Big World of Rock - Martine's Diary Strikes Bum Note
Byline: Andrew Cowen Certainly the most irritating item to land on my desk in recent weeks is a hardback book called Martine McCutcheon Behind the Scenes: A PersonalDiary. The former EastEnder has kindly preserved her thoughts and pictures over...
Culture: Hare Rails about Private Folly; Terry Grimley after Staging the First Revival of David Hare's National Theatre Trilogy Earlier This Year, the Birmingham Rep Is about to Host His New Play about the Crisis on Britain's Railways. He Talks To
Byline: Terry Grimley Playwright David Hare is known to be a bit of a cricket fan, but he denies having any particular affinity for that other eccentric English interest, railways. In fact he confesses that when director Max Stafford-Clark -'a train...
Culture: Horvitz Holds Key to Finding a Groove; Keyboard Player Wayne Horvitz Explains to Martin Longley How He Finds a Balance between Electric and Semi-Acoustic Performances
Byline: Martin Longley As a keyboardist, Wayne Horvitz is equally well versed in the acoustic and electric realms of expression. Depending on the requirements of each particular gig, he can be found seated at a conventional concert grand, or spinning...
Culture: It's Once More into the Bleach; as Blondie Prepare for Their Birmingham Show, Charlie Melvin Gets Cursed by Vocalist Debbie Harry and Guitarist Chris Stein
Byline: Charlie Melvin One of America's most perennial pop bands, Blondie are back on the scene with a brand new album The Curse of Blondie. Four years in the making, with 14 outstanding new songs, it's arguably the most musically experimental record...
Culture: Russian Barber Shines in Grand Jewel; Russian State Opera of Rostov Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Byline: Christopher Morley There are no gimmicks with the Russian State Opera of Rostov, no catchpenny distractions to deflect attention from the music. Instead there is just a reliance upon very high production values, deployed with wit and...
Equitable Life Chief Has a 'Cautious Optimism'
The chief executive of troubled mutual Equitable Life said yesterday he was 'cautiously optimistic' about the society's future. Charles Thomson said the society remained solvent and had made 'significant progress' towards greater stability during...
EU Anger over UK Booze Tax
Byline: Geoff Meade The European Commission yesterday stepped up the battle with the British Government over the right of travellers to bring as much cheap alcohol and tobacco into the country as they wish. Brussels has asked for more information...
Family's School Places Anguish
Byline: Shahid Naqvi A father told of his anguish yesterday after spending pounds 200,000 on a house to be in the catchment area of a school and his son failed to get a place. Mohan Ballagan said his family had been put under huge emotional and...
Father Claims His Son Has Suffered Torture
Byline: Richard Warburton The father of a Birmingham man detained as a suspected terrorist in Guantanamo Bay yesterday claimed his son had been brutally tortured. Azmat Begg said 35-year-old Moazzam had made references to being beaten by US interrogators...
First of 13 Rusty Old Hulks Arrives in Dock
Byline: John-Paul Ford Rojas The boss of a breakers yard where the first of four controversial 'ghostships' yesterday docked said his firm stood to lose millions of pounds if the deal were scuppered. Hartlepool firm Able UK has a contract to...
Foods Producer Posts Rise in Profits; Dairy Crest on a Wave: Cheese Prices Reduce Pressure on Margins
Dairy Crest yesterday posted a 12 per cent hike in pre-tax profits to pounds 35.4 million after rising cheese prices reduced pressure on margins. The foods producer, based in Surbiton, Surrey, said cheese production had returned to normal after...
Football: Cameron's Stomach Problem Leaves Empty Feeling
Byline: Ged Scott Colin Cameron last night returned to Molineux admitting that he was 'gutted' not to be involved in Scotland's two World Cup play-offs against Holland. The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfield man had hoped to overcome the pulled...
Football: Dugarry Break Is a Boost for Blues
Byline: Ged Scott Birmingham City could have star turn Christophe Dugarry back in time for their showdown with Premiership frontrunners Arsenal on Saturday week. The flamboyant Frenchman had expected to be sidelined for Blues' next two matches...
FOOTBALL: Euro Sceptics Get Short Shrift from Eriksson
Byline: Mark Bradley Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted England should be considered as one of the leading favourites for Euro 2004. The England coach admits he would rather avoid Portugal, France and Italy when the draw is made for the group stages...
Football: Imps Boss Alexander Rushed to Hospital after Collapse; NATIONWIDE REVIEW
Lincoln City chairman Rob Bradley says the club is in 'stunned shock' as manager Keith Alexander was rushed into hospital after collapsing at his home on Tuesday evening. Alexander, who will be 45 tomorrow, was taken to Lincoln County Hospital for...
Football: Palmer Sets Sights on Bradford Job
Carlton Palmer, Chris Waddle and Lou Macari have emerged as early contenders for the vacant managerial post at Bradford City. Bantams chairman Gordon Gibb made the decision to sack Nicky Law following the weekend draw with Walsall which extended...
Football: Savage Savours 'Last Chance'
Byline: Paul Walker Robbie Savage loves the good life football has given him and he has an Armani tattoo to prove it. But the Birmingham City midfielder admits he has learned the meaning of his sporting life while struggling with the frustrations...
Football: Sorensen Keeping Self Belief; to Judge a Goalkeeper on a Single Aberration Is Harsh, Villa's Thomas Sorensen Tells Hyder Jawad
Byline: Hyder Jawad Thomas Sorensen prefers to dwell on his finer moments in the World Cup last year but admits that he will be remembered for one incident in Japan when his error enabled England to take a 1-0 lead against Denmark. The Aston...
Footfall Acquires Visitor Counter
Byline: Emma Brady A Solihull-based firm which provides counting systems and data integration services to the shopping centre and retail markets, has announced its acquisition of Sensus, the UK's second largest visitor counting company. Sensus,...
Golf: Harrington Seeking to Forget
Byline: Phil Casey Padraig Harrington returns to the scene of his greatest triumph this week, trying to forget the controversy which stopped him celebrating his latest victory. Harrington partnered Paul McGinley to victory in the World Cup here...
GOLF: Whitehouse Ready to Take on the World
Byline: Fraser Thomson When Tom Whitehouse rises --probably late --this morning his thoughts will turn to planning his calendar for 2004. His mind may still be a maelstrom of excitement for he is now looking at dates on the European Tour. Farewell...
Howard Wins Plaudits after His First Battle with Blair
New Tory leader Michael Howard clashed with Tony Blair for the first time at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons yesterday -in rowdy exchanges which won him plaudits from both Labour and Conservative MPs. Mr Howard taunted Mr Blair about his...
Huntley Spoke to Holly's Father during Search
Ian Huntley approached Holly Wells's father three days after she vanished and told him: 'I'm so sorry, I didn't realise it was your daughter,' the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Huntley, who is accused of murdering Holly and her best friend Jessica...
Inspector on Desk Duties after Royal Birth Error
The inspector on duty when the pregnant Countess of Wessex was kept waiting half an hour for an ambulance has been moved to desk duties, Surrey Police said yesterday. He was in charge of the force's control room on Saturday night when officers received...
Iraq Crisis: Italian Police Killed by Bomb
Byline: Laura Mitchell A suicide bomber devastated the Italian military police headquarters in southern Iraq yesterday, killing at least 24 people -most of them Italians. The bomber drove a tanker truck into the compound in Nasiriyah, about 180...
King Tells Borrowers to Think about Debts
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell 'T hink before you borrow' was the message from the Bank of England yesterday, which last week demonstrated for the first time in nearly four years that interest rates can still go up as well as down. Presenting the...
Leisure Chief Defends Plan for New Year at Millennium Point
Byline: Neil Connor Birmingham's leisure chief yesterday defended his decision to relocate the city's New Year's Eve celebrations from Centenary Square to Millennium Point. Coun Ian Ward, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, told a...
Letter: Euro Has Hit Prices, Exports and Jobs in Ireland
Byline: MIKE KELLY Kings Heath, Birmingham. Dear Editor, -The continual euro propaganda from your correspondent Graham Rea is relentless (Post, Oct 22, 'No evidence that euro is damaging'). In Ireland, the currency is currently costing Irish...
Lib Dem Chief Reports Himself to Watchdog
Byline: Paul Dale The leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Birmingham City Council has reported himself to a national standards watchdog after details of a confidential report appeared in The Birmingham Post. John Hemming told the Standards Board...
Luminar on Radical Path to Recovery
Byline: Cheryl Cole Shares in late night clubs and bars group Luminar slipped yesterday, as analysts remained unconvinced that the group's plans to focus on its branded estate and embark on a pounds 100 million refurbishment programme would be enough...
Manufacturing: Coventry Toolholders Looking to the Future after MBO
A specialist Coventry engineering company is looking forward to a bright future after a management buy-out. Coventry Toolholders has been created following the successful acquisition of the toolholding operation from the Forkardt International Group....
Manufacturing: Fears over Cost-Cutting Trend
Byline: James O'Brien West Midlands company directors and senior managers are to be warned about 'unseen dangers' to the UK's and West Midland's economic future from exporting production in pursuit of lower costs. Based on the report Making the...
Manufacturing: Innovation 'Key to Survival of Manufacturing'
The UK's talent for manufacturing innovation could be squandered if there is no change in the fiscal environment, Professor Sir Kumar Bhattacharyya, head of Warwick Manufacturing Group, will warn at a prize-giving ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel,...
Manufacturing: Top Gear: Porsche Shop in Overdrive after Chamber Check-Up
An automotive engineering business began to stand still after its first ten years in business -but after taking part in a long-term mentoring programme The Porsche Shop has just completed its best-ever financial year. Helped by Black Country Chamber...
Market Report: Telecoms Stocks Cheer on Better Day
Telecoms stocks made the running on the London market yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index closed the session on a upbeat note. The Footsie achieved its best session for several days -up 26.1 points to 4371.2 -after drawing encouragement from a strong...
Minister Faces Threat of Libel
Byline: James Lyons Children's minister Margaret Hodge faced the threat of legal action yesterday after branding a sex abuse victim 'extremely disturbed'. Ms Hodge made the claim in a letter of complaint to the BBC about an inquiry into a child...
Mother Loses Three Girls in Fire Tragedy
Byline: Alistair Keely Neighbours were woken yesterday by the piercing screams of a mother as her three young girls died in a house blaze. The children, aged 17 months, three years and six years, were found dead by fire crews at their terrace...
Mother Saw Daughter Fall from Ambulance
A horrified mother watched her teenage daughter fall from the back of an ambulance on to a motorway, police said yesterday. Natalie Kathryn Dibden, aged 16, of Orchard Close, Charfield, Gloucestershire, suffered fatal injuries when she fell from...
MP's Fury at Forensic Science Sell-Off
The planned part-privatisation of the agency which analyses forensic samples for the police was attacked by a Labour MP yesterday. David Taylor said the Government was 'putting a national treasure under the auctioneer's hammer' with its decision...
Nicola Fought Desperately to Stop Her Killer
Byline: John Revill Teenager Nicola Dixon suffered massive head injuries as she desperately tried to fight off the man who raped and murdered her, a court heard yesterday. Miss Dixon, aged 17, from Sutton Coldfield, was set upon as she walked...
OBITUARY: Scrivens Chairman Dies at 69 after Illness
The chairman of one of Birmingham's longest established family businesses, Scrivens, has died aged 69. Alexander Georgevic, known as Sasha, died after fighting a lengthy battle against cancer. He rose to become one of the region's most successful...
Parents Get Child Payment Apology
Byline: Paul Osbourne The Government yesterday apologised to parents over problems with a new computer system which has plunged child maintenance payments into chaos. Junior work and pensions minister Chris Pond said the service offered by the...
Perspective: We Should Sing from Each Other's Song Sheets
Byline: Jo Ind Can a white woman sing black music? That is the question posed by the phenomenon of Joss Stone, a 16-year-old English rose from Devon, who sings in the same style as Aretha Franklin and Billie Holliday. To hear her, you wouldn't...
Postal Group Hopes Trade Will Deliver
Byline: Steve Pain Fast growing Business Post, the Midlands-based express mail and parcels delivery group, is looking forward to a buoyant festive trading period -and a possible Christmas Eve present from mail regulator PostComm which could eventually...
Prince's Former PR Man Defends Article
The Prince of Wales's former press adviser defended himself yesterday over a controversial article he wrote about the row surrounding the Prince. He revealed that he had written to the Prince's private secretary Sir Michael Peat to apologise in...
Protests Grow Louder as People Show Their Power; the Warwickshire Phone Mast Protesters Are in Good Company. Chief Feature Writer Paul Groves Looks at How People Power Came Back into Fashion
Byline: Paul Groves Power to the people. Wolfie Smith had the right idea and it appears that more us are belatedly taking the message of Citizen Smith to heart. Our stereotypical image of being a reserved, reticent nation -more likely to toe...
Racing: Slow Maturer Lord Youky Can Still Fulfil His Potential
Byline: Stable Boy Lord Youky scored in impressive style last Friday and can defy a penalty to take the Moore Scott Handicap Chase at Ludlow today. The Ian Williams-trained gelding was essentially disappointing during a summer campaign but fairly...
Region Remains among Worst Ratings
Byline: Jonathan Walker Social services in the West Midlands have improved over the past year but remain among the worst in the country, performance ratings published today show. Coventry and Walsall will be taken out of 'special measures' after...
RUGBY UNION WORLD CUP 2003: Galthie Studies the Weather While France Bask in the Sun
The sun is shining on French rugby at present and captain Fabien Galthie yesterday forecasted the bright conditions will hover over the squad's base on Bondi beach right through until the World Cup final on November 22. In short, Galthie backed...
RUGBY UNION WORLD CUP 2003: Howlett Ready for Another Conquest
As a classical scholar with a special interest in Greek and Roman history, battle tactics and gladiatorial showdowns are of a particular fascination to All Blacks winger Doug Howlett. So the 25-year-old should be ideally prepared for Saturday's...
RUGBY UNION WORLD CUP 2003: Johnson Ditches Phoney 'Science'
Byline: Frank Malley In typical no-nonsense style, Martin Johnson yesterday cut through all the excess analytical baggage which has befuddled England's rugby brain at the World Cup. The England captain did not actually say the 19 assistants assembled...
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2003: Game of Patience Pays off for Hill
Byline: Andrew Baldock Richard Hill is ready to end four weeks of frustration by featuring in England's World Cup semifinal showdown with France on Sunday. The Saracens and Lions flanker, who has won 61 England caps, should be reunited with back-row...
Seagal 'Mob Story' Led to Wiretapping Inquiry
A bumbling attempt to scare a newspaper reporter off a story last year has mushroomed into an FBI inquiry that has left some of Hollywood's elite wondering if their phones were illegally tapped. The affair began last June, with a scene befitting...
Sector in Crisis despite Lowest Unemployment; Unemployment in the Regions between July and September
Byline: John Duckers The crisis in manufacturing is continuing despite a record number of people in work, it was revealed yesterday. The claimant count is at a 28year low although overall joblessness is rising, official figures showed. The...
SNOOKER: In-Form Higgins Steals Judge's Thunder with Successive Maximums
John Higgins created his own slice of history by becoming the first player to compile a maximum break in successive matches at Brighton yesterday. Higgins, who knocked in a 147 during the LG Cup final at Preston last month, made another en route...
Social Life as Important as Studies Say Sixth Formers
Hobbies and a good social life are often more important to sixth formers than their studies -even though many find the work harder than they had anticipated, a survey showed today. Six out of ten believed their hobbies were more important than A-Levels...
Steel Rights Issue to Raise Pounds 307m
Steel group Corus yesterday unveiled a rights issue aimed at raising pounds 307 million to help launch its UK restructuring programme. The troubled company said it would issue about 1,304 million new ordinary shares at 23.5p a share. It said...
The Birmingham Post Comment: Awarded Three Stars for Excuses
If Birmingham City Council put as much effort into running social services as it does to devising excuses for failure, the department would be at the top of the Government's rankings list. Sadly, the provision of caring services in Birmingham is...
Wincanton Hit by Acquisitions
The cost of recent acquisitions weighed heavily on first-half profits said logistics firm Wincanton yesterday. Somerset-based Wincanton, which has operations in the West Midlands, bought the Trans European company from shipping group P&O last...