The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from August 2, 2004

ATHLETICS: Hansen Refuses to Give Up on Dream
Ashia Hansen has vowed to bounce back from her Athens heartbreak by winning a medal at the Beijing Olympics in four years' time. The 32-year-old Birchfield Harrier, who has been dogged by injuries throughout her career, was a realistic medal prospect...
ATHLETICS: Jones' Athens Hopes Buoyed by Star Displays at Palace
Max Jones believes for Britain's Olympic medal hopes definitely took a turn for the better in Friday night's Norwich Union London Grand Prix. The UK Athletics performance director was encouraged by the results of home athletes at the Crystal Palace...
ATHLETICS: Olympic Duo Produce Proud Efforts in Birchfield's Cause
Denise Lewis and Kelly Sotherton helped Birchfield Harriers finish second in their United Kingdom Women's League Division One match in Manchester on Saturday afternoon, writes Tom McCook. The Olympic Games-bound pair had flown north from London...
Birmingham Post Comment: Airport Must Make All the Right Noises
The expansion of Birmingham International Airport is one of the most ambitious, yet controversial, proposals that the region has seen for years. With that in mind, it is important that everyone understands what this momentous leap forward (or backward,...
BOXING: Triumph 'Sweeps Away Old Guard' HEAVYWEIGHT HOPE AT LAST?
Promoter Frank Maloney claimed Danny Williams has revitalised the heavyweight division and ushered in a new age following his defeat of Mike Tyson in one of the biggest upsets in the sport. However, Maloney believes the self-styled 'Baddest Man...
BOXING: Williams Wants Rematch
Byline: Mark Staniforth in Louisville Danny Williams will put his world title dreams on hold to seek a lucrative rematch with Mike Tyson. The Brixton 31-year-old gatecrashed the world heavyweight elite by crushing former world champion Tyson...
Brain-Drain Study Too Simplistic Say Experts
Byline: Paul Dale A study which concluded that the economic influence of London threatens to overwhelm more than half the country and that the north-south divide is growing has been condemned as 'simplistic' by experts in Birmingham. Research...
Britons Injured in Prague Bomb Attack
Byline: Daisy Blanks Five Britons and three Irish men were injured in Prague yesterday when attackers detonated a bomb in a packed tourist area. At least two of the Britons and the three Irish were sitting together at a cafe in the centre of...
Business View: Tea, Sticky Buns and Tough Questions for the Board
Byline: James O'Brien A company annual general meeting is a strange event. For the journalist who attends as an observer on behalf of the public it can either be a dramatic occasion where the chairman, chief executive and the board are pilloried...
Charity Groups Slate WTO Fair Trade Plan
Byline: Caroline Gammell Britain's charitable and environmental groups reacted with dismay yesterday to plans to make world trade fairer for poor countries - arguing it did not go far enough. A framework for discussions to end export subsidies...
Cricket: Bears on Track to Land Crown; COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP Lancashire Drew with Warwickshire
Byline: George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer at Old Trafford Warwickshire may not have won the battle, but they remain very well placed to win the war. Despite an imaginative declaration from Warwickshire's captain, Nick Knight, Lancashire batted...
Cricket: England Romp in the Sun; SECOND TEST England Defeated the West Indies by 256 Runs
Byline: Jack Bannister at Edgbaston England's thrashing of the West Indies in the npower Test at Edgbaston yesterday was so embarrassingly easy it is difficult to measure the true improvement of the home side. Are they that good, or is it because...
Cricket: Giles Eyes Whitewash
Byline: John Curtis England skipper Michael Vaughan and bowling hero Ashley Giles are targeting a summer Test whitewash after demolishing the West Indies by 256 runs in the second npower Test at Edgbaston yesterday. England defeated New Zealand...
Cricket: Helpless Kidderminster Lose Their Grip in First Division Race; BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE
Byline: Ged Scott It was all change at the top of Division One as Kidderminster Victoria's compulsory week off proved expensive. Both their main title rivals Kenilworth Wardens and Leamington took advantage by clocking up victories which dropped...
Cricket: Hick Proves the Master Again; Worcestershire Defeated Gloucestershire by Five Wickets
Byline: Ged Scott at Cheltenham Even by his own standards, and especially when it comes to his deeds against Gloucestershire, Graeme Hick's latest effort took some beating. Accompanied by an almost equally heroic century from Andy Bichel, Hick...
Cricket: Hussey on Fire as Gloucester Rush to Shoot Down Spitfires; TOTESPORT REVIEW
Mike Hussey scored a century as Gloucestershire beat Kent by six wickets in their totesport League Division One clash at Cheltenham. Hussey contributed an unbeaten 107 to steer Gloucestershire to their fifth one-day victory of the season. Hussey...
Cricket: Northants Trounce Woeful Surrey; COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Surrey's hugely disappointing season lurched to a new low yesterday when they became the first team this summer to lose to bottom club Northamptonshire in Division One of the Frizzell County Championship. Martin Love duly steered Northants home...
Cricket: Proud Legacy of Windies Is Betrayed by New Crop as Flintoff and Giles Turn Test England's Direction
Byline: Jack Bannister Saturday is traditionally Fancy Dress day in npower Tests as illustrated by many of the 20,000 crowd plus 11 who did not pay. The crowd was generously sprinkled with groups of convicts, nuns, sailors and various animals...
Cricket: Smith's Return to Form Shows Pears the Way Forward; TOTESPORT LEAGUE Worcestershire Defeated Derbyshire by 111 Runs
Byline: Ged Scott at New Road Worcestershire put right one of the most embarrassing slipups of the season as they trounced Derbyshire to clock up their fifth straight National League win. Derbyshire, due admittedly to the help of Messrs Duckworth,...
Cricket: Westwood Sinks Barnt Green; PREMIER DIVISION
Byline: Ged Scott Ian Westwood had a big effect on the three-way Birmingham League title race as he brought about Barnt Green's first defeat of the season. Moseley's young Warwickshire all-rounder first batted, then bowled his side to a surprise...
Culture: DVD Reviews: Havoc Is the Name of the Game; the Cat in the Hat Universal Pictures Video PG DVD/video H
Byline: Mike Davies I presume Mike Myers had a clause in the contract stating 'I'll do as many silly voices and use as many characters from my previous TV and film roles as I want'. That's the only explanation for his take on Dr Seuss's most famous...
Culture: Ian Skoyles' Puzzling Art; the Humble Jigsaw Puzzle Has Been Transformed into a Feewheeling Visual Fantasy by Birmingham Artist Ian Skoyles. Terry Grimley Puts the Pieces Together
Byline: Terry Grimley An English thatched cottage looms incongruously out of an Alpine landscape. It's a surreal image - yet, paradoxically, this is a jigsaw in which all the pieces appear to be present and correct. Nearby, bits of well-known...
Culture: The Ring of Truth for Entertainment; Zippos Circus Oak Road Rec, Yardley
Byline: Sid Langley Amazing to think that the first recorded use of the word 'microphone' dates from a dictionary of 1683. Then it was used of a horn or trumpet to make humans sound louder, from the Greek 'micro' (small) and 'phone' (voice - hence...
Culture: Time to Put Lady Barber in Her Place
The Founder of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Dame Martha Constance Hattie Barber, is take her rightful place of prominence in the institute she founded, thanks to a pounds 20,000 Government grant. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport...
Education Matters: Academy's Founder Puts Faith in Religion
A Midland multi-millionaire behind a Christian city academy being built in Solihull said he wants to create a chain of religious schools to help combat loutish behaviour in society. Bob Edmiston, founder of the evangelical international charity...
Education Matters: Carjacking Highlights Routine Risk for Wealthy
Parents from affluent areas who drive their children to school in expensive cars are being warned to vary their route after an Erdington businessman and his daughter were targeted by carjackers. Police believe criminals could be examining the driving...
Education Matters: Lenses Equal Bright Future for Dyslexics
Byline: Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Hundreds of schoolchildren are struggling to read in the Midlands because of a 'hidden' form of dyslexia that can be rectified by wearing tinted spectacles, a pressure group claims. The condition,...
Education Matters: Police Offer High-Tech Weapon Scanners to Trouble-Spot Schools
Pupils carrying knives or weapons to schools could be caught out soon under new police plans to offer hi-tech scanners to educational establishments. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said the machines would be offered to schools...
Football: FA in Chaos as Palios Is First Victim of Sven Affair
Byline: Simon Stone Mark Palios last night quit as chief executive of the Football Association as the 'Svengate' shambles claimed its first - but almost certainly not its last - victim. Palios tendered his resignation to FA chairman Geoff Thompson...
Football: Fee Would Rule Us out of Move for Yorke, Say Bolton
Sam Allardyce has ruled out a move for Dwight Yorke if Blackburn demand a transfer fee. The Bolton manager was reported to be interested in bringing the striker to the Reebok Stadium but only on a free transfer. The Trinidad and Tobago international...
Football: Fired-Up Albrechtsen Is Ready to Make Big Noise; Albion's Record Signing Can't Wait to Get Stuck in When the Action Begins in Earnest, Reports James Nursey
Byline: James Nursey Judging by the early sightings of Martin Albrechtsen in a West Bromwich Albion shirt, the Dane is a classy defender, but then one would expect him to be considering his new employers signed the 24-yearold for a club-record fee...
Football: Heskey Helps Set Up Blues Cruise; Hull City 1 Birmingham City 4
Birmingham City eased past Coca-Cola League One side Hull as summer signing Jesper Gronkjaer made his first appearance for Steve Bruce's side. Gronkjaer, a pounds 2.2 million summer signing from Chelsea, went on after an hour's play with the visitors...
Football: Rathbone Breaks Springboks' Hearts; RUGBY UNION TRI-NATIONS Australia 30 South Africa 26
Australia condemned South Africa to their second consecutive Tri-Nations defeat with a last-gasp victory in Perth. The result handed jubilant Wallabies captain George Gregan a triumphant ending to his 100th international match and broke South African...
Football: Reid Hunting for More Bodies after Canaries Stalemate; PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES Coventry City 0 Norwich City 0
Byline: Lee Corden at Highfield Road Peter Reid, the Coventry City manager, will ask his board to loosen the purse strings this week as he goes in search of two more new players to help turn his side into genuine play-off contenders for the coming...
Football: TIMETABLE: Where It All Went Wrong for Game's Biggest Guns
July 18 - The News of the World reports that Sven-Goran Eriksson, who two years ago admitted to an affair with television presenter Ulrika Jonsson, had a relationship with Faria Alam, a secretary at the Football Association. July 20 - An FA statement...
Football: Top Coaches 'Will Run Mile' from England Job
Byline: Paul Walker World Cup winner Jack Charlton insists top coaches will run a mile from being England manager because of the intense scrutiny of their private lives that goes with the job. Charlton, former boss of the Republic of Ireland...
Golf: Donald Comes of Age; SCANDINAVIAN MASTERS
Byline: Phil Casey in Malmo Luke Donald yesterday cruised to his first European Tour title in the Scandinavian Masters to enhance his claims for a Ryder Cup wild card. Donald carded a final-round 69 for a 16-under-par total of 272 at Barseback,...
Golf: High-Flying Singh in Seven Heaven; AMERICAN ROUND-UP
Vijay Singh carded a sevenunder-par 65 to hold a twostroke lead over John Daly after the third round of the Buick Open. Superstar Tiger Woods is tied for third, three shots off the pace. Singh, who has 10 top-10 finishes - including three victories...
Golf: Stunning Stupples Joins Elite Grouping
Kent's Karen Stupples became just the third Englishwoman to win a Major championship with a stunning final round in the Weetabix British Women's Open at Sunningdale. The 31-year-old opened the round with an eagle and albatrossand went on to fire...
Hope Quits to Become a Parish Priest
Byline: Pat Hurst The Archbishop of York, the Church of England's second most senior clergyman, announced his resignation yesterday. Dr David Hope, archbishop since 1995, will give up his palace and position to become a humble parish priest in...
Hunt for Family of Brum Crewman Killed in Crash; A Birmingham Man Was among Seven Crewmen Killed When Their Plane Was Shot Down over Holland in 1944. Helen Gabriel Reports on Plans to Salvage the Aircraft and the Quest to Trace the Tragic Airman's Family
Byline: Helen Gabriel At 11pm on 24 May, 1944, Sergeant William John White, a 22-year-old flight engineer from Birmingham, left his base in Breighton, Yorkshire, and set out for Germany on his 22nd operational raid. He never made it back. He...
King Swaps Film Glitz for Birmingham Grit; He's Already Worked on Hollywood Films Land Girls and Oscar Wilde, but Birmingham Film-Maker David King Told Helen Gabriel Why He Has Come Back to the Midlands with the Dream of Breaking into the Independent Film Market
Byline: Helen Gabriel Shooting a film about attitudes towards HIV on a grey day in Birmingham city centre, David King is a long way from his glamourous dream of walking the red carpet at the prestigious Cannes film festival. But the Birmingham-based...
Lawyers Urged to Learn about Islamic Practices
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Prosecution lawyers in the West Midlands are to be sent on courses to learn about Islam. The training will be aimed at Crown Prosecution Service lawyers who handle 'significant cases' involving Muslim defendants, such...
Letter: I Know Where I Feel Safer
Byline: JENNIFER LAZENBY Dear Editor, - How coincidental that at lunch time I collected a copy of the Post to read Allan Sartori's article (July 29) having just had lunch with an old friend and her 26-year-old daughter from a respectable farming...
Letter: The Number 11 Facts
Byline: JULIA LARDEN Dear Editor, - Phil Bateman of West Midlands Travel says (Post, July 29) that he finds the decision to drop the Outer Circle Bus Plan in respect of Hall Green and Acocks Green 'very, very disappointing' because the company has...
Mackay Defends 'Fact-Finding Trips' Coincidence
Byline: Neil Connor The husband of a Midland MP has hit back at claims that the pair take advantage of essential 'fact-finding trips' to jet off to exotic locations together. The latest register of MPs' interests has revealed that Julie Kirkbride,...
Media & Marketing: Listening Figures Give Broadcaster New Heart
Byline: Graham Sidwell Staff at regional radio station 100.7 Heart FM partied into the night with the release of the latest radio listening figures from the region. The Chrysalis-owned FM station broadcast to a weekly audience of 938,000 in the...
Media & Marketing: Media Types: Politicians May Be a Joke, but UKIP Isn't Funny
Byline: Phil Parkin How often do you read the paper on the way into work (well, maybe not if you're driving!) and find yourself seething at the antics of some annoying politician? How often have you wished you could do something about it? ...
Metals Report: All Change as Copper Leads Way
Byline: Andrew Kerr It was all change again during trading on the London Metal Exchange last week with all the major contracts, other than that of nickel, registering strong net gains by the close of business on Friday. It was the copper contract...
Midlands Company Develops Antique DNA to Deter Art Thieves
A Midlands company has invented a unique way of giving valuables their own synthetic DNA. There are almost a million burglaries each year, with thieves targeting art, antiques and valuables from homes, businesses, museums and art galleries, to create...
MOTORCYCLING: Lost Weekend for Fading British Hope Toseland
Britain's James Toseland saw his advantage at the top of the World Superbike rankings evaporate after enduring a nightmare weekend at Brands Hatch. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman had headed into yesterday's two-race round leading the overall standings...
Muslims Must Ignore Faith to Heal Say Leaders
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Health Correspondent Leading Muslims have been touring Midland medical schools to convince students they must not let their faith get in the way of treating patients. Officials from the Muslim Council of Britain have...
Perspective: It's Read All over in Fantasy Retirement
Byline: Sarah Evans A favourite type of holiday of mine is the pretending-I-am-retired one. Despite what everyone who is actually retired says - I am so busy I can't imagine how I fitted in work - I still fantasise about how my retirement will...
Perspective: Leading Questions; the Wind of Change Is Sweeping through Britain's Largest Local Authority. Chief Reporter Paul Dale Talks to Mike Whitby, Conservative Leader of Birmingham City Council
Byline: Paul Dale It is only 34 days since Labour's 20year control of Birmingham collapsed, but the feeling of change and perhaps uncertainty in the corridors of the Council House is tangible. Let's not mince words here. Local government officers...
Plan to Ditch 'Black Hole' Is Welcomed
Byline: Campbell Docherty Transport Reporter Plans for a pounds 350 million rebuild of New Street Station in Birmingham have received a rapturous welcome from business leaders, transport experts and passengers alike. The Will Alsop-designed scheme,...
Racing: Pivotal Makes Stand
Byline: Robert Pratt Pivotal Point powered home from the number one stall to defy recent history and land a massive gamble in the Vodafone Stewards' Cup on the final day of Glorious Goodwood The last four winners of the pounds 100,000 six-furlong...
Report Predicts Kyoto Failure for Government
The Government will miss its target of a 20 per cent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010 by a wide margin unless action is taken now to reduce pollution from households, airlines and road traffic, a report warned today. Britain is set to meet...
Rising Rates and London Effect Cripple the Regions
Byline: James O'Brien Regional damage is being caused by interest rate decisions driven by property prices and consumer spending in London and the south-east, Birmingham business leaders warned yesterday. They urge the government to work with...
Share Tips: Rentokil Flagged Up after Bosses Ousted
Sunday Telegraph: Despite its shares falling to a 12-month low of 485p on Wednesday after disappointing first half results, food and consumer goods giant Unilever looks good value against rivals. Last week's results could mark a low point and the...
Small Print Means Families Could Miss out on Airport Payouts
Byline: Campbell Docherty Transport Reporter Small print could exclude hundreds of blighted properties from a scheme designed to compensate families whose homes will be hit by expansion at Birmingham International Airport. One man planning to buy...
SPEEDWAY: Middleditch Delighted by Full-Strength Britain Squad
Byline: Nigel Pearson Neil Middleditch leads his British side into the launch of the FIM World Cup at Eastbourne tonight - grateful that he has a full squad available. The British manager has never had his first choice of riders at his disposal...
Taxpayers Funding Travellers' Legal Fight
A Birmingham law firm has raked in almost pounds 2 million of taxpayers' money to fight eviction notices against travellers breaking the law. The Community Law Partnership has received the legal aid over the last four years to help gypsies stay...
Teams Gather to Raise Funds to Fight Fatal Blood Disease
Budding West Indian cricketers played their own Test Match yesterday to raise money for a potentially-fatal blood condition. Youngsters from Birmingham teams enjoyed the sunshine at Handsworth Cricket Club, as they helped to raise money and awareness...
TENNIS: Flying Federer Claims Another Win
World No 1 Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick 7-5 6-3 to extend his winning streak to 23 matches as he won the capture the Toronto Masters yesterday. A rematch of last month's Wimbledon final produced a similar result as Federer continued his mastery...
Think-Tank Reports Less Poverty but Less Equality under Blair
The gap between rich and poor has widened since Tony Blair became Prime Minister, an influential think-tank revealed. Fewer people are living in poverty than in 1997, an Institute of Public Policy Research study shows. But Britain has become a less...
Trainee Doctors Still Work Too Long
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Health Correspondent The European Working Time Directive, which has covered most UK workers since 1998, extends to doctors in training yesterday, limiting their hours to a maximum of 58 a week. But research has suggested...
Water Leaks Shock as Bills Rise
Byline: James O'Brien Business Staff Water leaks are draining off more than a quarter of the supply Severn Trent puts into its pipes every day for its 8.5 million customers. As much as 540 million litres of water is lost each day from the 1,900...