The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from June 21, 2006

02 Upwardly Mobile with Launch into Broadband Market
Mobile phone company O2 yesterday unveiled a move into the broadband market with the pounds 50 million acquisition of Be. The company, itself taken over earlier this year by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, will gain all of Be's existing broadband...
BEAUTY STYLE: Retail Therapy
Byline: PATRICE JOHN The wedding season is upon us. There is no other time in the year that you will hear women trying to differentiate between ice-white, diamond-white, or apple-white gowns. But just because you're not walking down the aisle,...
Better News for Coventry Jobseekers
Better news has emerged for jobseekers in Coventry with the city's employers reporting confident hiring intentions, a survey has claimed. The city, which has been hit by Peugeot's announcement to close its Ryton factory with the loss of 2,300 jobs,...
Brum - Where the Culture Vultures Thrive
Byline: By Alison Sanders Birmingham has long suffered a reputation as nothing more than a grey industrial nightmare. But now the city of a thousand trades is being recognised as a cultural hotbed with one of the country's liveliest nights out....
Cala Backs Kingswater Project
Cala Finance, the residential funding arm of residential and commercial property developer Cala Group, is fully funding a pounds 3.25 million residential development which will regenerate a former industrial site in Oldbury in the Black Country....
Colleges Must Stand Up and Be Counted
Many words have been spoken on Britain's skills deficit. It has, indeed, become something of a political football. Business lobby groups like the CBI have gained acres of newsprint highlighting the problem and in so doing justifying their existence....
Conditions in Basra Worry Top UK Officer
Basra is facing a worsening security situation with rising levels of violence, a senior British commander warned yesterday. The day after it was announced that security in neighbouring al Muthanna province is to be handed over to the Iraqis, the...
Cricket: Jaques' Talents Key for Worcestershire
Byline: By Ian Clarkson Despite Worcestershire's renaissance in Division Two of the County Championship Steve Rhodes, the club's coach, is adopting the cautionary attitude that is inherent in Yorkshiremen. While Rhodes was gushing in his praise...
Cricket: Jayasuriya Sees off England; the Oval: Sri Lanka Won by 46 Runs
Byline: By Jack Bannister Same city, same result, different venue. This time Sri Lanka's winning margin at The Oval yesterday was 46 compared with 20 at Lords three days ago but the tourists' superiority in all departments was even more overwhelming....
Cricket: Out of Title Contention despite Expectations; REDROW
Byline: HEATH STREAK There's no way to pretend it's been anything other than a disappointing first half of the season. We are in a reasonable position in the Championship table but we are not realistic contenders any more. That's a hard thing...
CULTURE: Barnes' Storming Show
Byline: Peter Bacon's Jazz Diary It's 29 years since a young man from Altrincham in Cheshire enrolled at the Leeds College of Music. Three years later he was unleashed upon the London jazz world and saxophonist Alan Barnes has been plying his...
CULTURE: Enjoy a Three Course Meal for Only Pounds 15 at These Top Restaurants
To celebrate the Taste of Birmingham, The Birmingham Post is offering a fantastic discount at all the restaurants involved with this exclusive event. All readers will be able to enjoy a fabulous three course meal for only pounds 15 from the following...
CULTURE: Music with the Human Touch; Jazz CD of the Week
Byline: by Peter Bacon Roy Nathanson - Sotto Voce AUM037 **** Saxophonist and all-round good guy Roy Nathanson is best known here for his band The Jazz Passengers which gained a whole wider audience by virtue of the fact that its guest...
CULTURE: Sanity Finally Returns in Crescent Theatre Parking Wrangle; Amateur Stage
Byline: By John Slim It is good to see that Birmingham City Council has restored the missing sign in Sheepcote Street after causing bemused motorists to find that their cars had been towed away when they had parked - and in many cases paid to park...
CULTURE: Visions of an Opportunity Lost; the Birmingham Public Has a Last Chance to Visit the Former Museum of Science & Industry This Weekend before the Site Is Redeveloped. Terry Grimley Went for a Preview
Byline: Terry Grimley For a place where I spent many happy and enthralled hours as both a child and a parent, Birmingham's former Museum of Science & Industry is a desperately sad sight today. Stripped of its former exhibits -though the ancient...
Emap Takes French Leave of Struggling Magazines Division
Byline: By John Marsden Media & Marketing Editor Media group Emap has sold its struggling French division to the Italian publisher of glossy magazine Grazia for pounds 380 million. Following the sale to Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, which is...
Enterprise: Burton Is Capital of Enterprise
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Burton-on-Trent has been crowned the West Midlands Enterprise Capital for 2006. It follows the publication of the list of regional winners of the DTI's Enterprising Britain 2006 competition. The competition,...
Enterprise: Holidays 'Another Tax for All SMEs'
The Government's announcement that two million workers will receive an extra eight days' paid annual holiday by 2009 is another tax on employment that could cost small businesses pounds 800 million a year, says the Forum of Private Business. Nick...
Enterprise: The World Cup and the Sickie Joke Is No Laugh for Most Small Firms
Byline: Mike Cherry With one of the major unions recently giving information encouraging their members to get one over on their employer by taking time off during the World Cup, it is hardly surprising that Government figures released earlier in...
Football: Danns Has Skill and Hunger to Be a Hit at Blues
Byline: By Ian Clarkson Neil Danns' transfer to Birmingham City has been given a seal of approval from his former manager at Col-chester United, Phil Parkinson. The 23-year-old Danns, who signed a three-year deal at St Andrew's on Monday, arrives...
Football: ENGLAND RATINGS
Byline: Martyn Ziegler Paul Robinson: Not his best match for England, looked troubled by Tobias Linderoth's corners and at fault jointly for Sweden's second. 5 Jamie Carragher: No more than an adequate stand-in for Gary Neville and found Freddie...
Football: England's Safe Passage Comes at Owen Cost
Byline: By Matt Barlow in Cologne England 2 Sweden 2 Steven Gerrard came off the bench to calm England's nerves and avoid a date with Germany in the second round of the World Cup. Sven-GUran Eriksson's team were creaking under the pressure...
Football: Frustration Behind Facade of Friendly Event
Byline: HYDER JAWAD ON TOUR The gothic cathedral here in Cologne took more than 600 years to build and was seen as a symbol of European strength. It survived the Second World War when the rest of the city was destroyed. Last night, as it overlooked...
Football: Klose's Double Sees off Ecuador; GROUP A
Byline: By Johannes Berendt in Berlin Ecuador 0 Germany 3 Germany comfortably saw off Ecuador in their battle for Group A supremacy. Miroslav Klose scored in the fourth and 44th minute before Lukas Podolski put the issue beyond doubt in the...
Football: Strauss Defiant despite Defeat
Byline: By Myles Hodgson England captain Andrew S trauss is convinced his side can rescue the Nat-West Series despite going 2-0 down in the five-match battle. Sri Lanka won by 46 runs at The Oval after another disappointing performance from the...
Former Villa Star Didn't Recall Drunken Attack
Former Aston Villa footballer Gary Charles attacked a woman in a drunken rage after she joked "You can't be that good, you never played for Manchester United", a court was told. The twice-capped England international punched Elizabeth Wedge to the...
Governor Escapes Jail for Murder Attempt
A prison governor who almost stabbed his wife to death with a kitchen knife after she admitted she had been having an affair escaped a jail sentence yesterday. Andrew Bartlett (48), from Codsall in Staffordshire, had already admitted attempting...
HEALTH: A Date with Destiny I Can No Longer Put Off
May 25, 2006 The day I've been dreading, my first period after ditching the pill is here, which means I can no longer avoid calling the clinic to arrange a date for my ovarian reserve tests. Although this could result in some very bad news, at...
HEALTH: Getting Past Your Cell-By Time; Dr Gillian Lockwood, Explains Why - Even with Scientific Advances - Time Waits for No Woman
Byline: Dr Gillian Lockwood For a long time I've been saying that while women may be looking and feeling younger in their late 30s or early 40s, reproductively speaking they are the same age as their great grandmothers. Southampton University...
HEALTH: When Your Biological Clock Sets off an Alarm; Career Women Who Put "Fun First, Motherhood Later" Are Finding They Are in a Race against Time If They Are to Achieve Their Parenting Dreams. Health Reporter Emma Brady Had an Ovarian Reserve Test to Discover If She, like Thousands of Other Women, May Have Left It Too Late
Byline: Emma Brady When my trainer at the gym told me I had the body of a 27-year-old, I was flattered, although I suspected it was a cheap chat-up line. Less than two weeks later I am sitting in a consultation room at a fertility clinic being...
Horse Racing: Araafa Credits Due
Byline: By Martin Kelly Araafa justified Jeremy Nose-da's high opinion of him with a foot-perfect display in the St James's Palace Stakes on the opening afternoon of Royal Ascot. Newmarket-based Noseda felt his charge had not received the credit...
Horse Racing: Ouija Board Ready for Prince's Ball
Byline: By Stable Boy The Prince of Wales's Stakes is arguably the highlight of this week's Royal Ascot meeting with three top-class stars going head-to-head. David Junior, Electrocutionist and Ouija Board all face off in the Group One race over...
How the Link between Homes and Carpets Has Been Broken for Good
Byline: Nevill BOYD MAUNSELL If you move house there is good chance you will buy a carpet, along with some other furniture and the bits and pieces for a new kitchen. It used to happen. When the housing market boomed so did the market for things...
Immigration Centres Not Fit, Says Jail Boss
The Chief Inspector of Prisons has criticised "systemic deficits" at four short-term immigration detention centres. Anne Owers highlighted shortcomings at the centres at Luton and Stansted airports, the Leeds reporting centre Waterside Court and...
In Brief
CRICKET: Places in the last four of the Challenge Cup are up for grabs tonight as the Birmingham Midshires League's restructured Twen-ty20 midweek competition begins to reach its climax, writes Ged Scott. After being badly hit by the terrible weather...
Jaguar XK Is Car of the Year
The Birmingham-built Jaguar XK has given a double boost to the Midland automotive industry after being named Car of the Year. The coupe version of the Castle Bromwich produced car also beat off competition from the BMW 6 series and the Porsche 911...
Lawn Tennis: Keothavong Urges Draper to Listen to Players' Concerns; EASTBOURNE
Byline: By Bill Pierce Anne Keothavong crashed out of the Hastings Direct International Women's Championship at Eastbourne and then called upon Britain's new tennis boss Roger Draper to "come and listen" to the players' views if he plans to improve...
Lawn Tennis: Pained Murray Sweats on Fitness after Injury Scare; TENNIS: NOTTINGHAM
Byline: By Ian Parkes Andy Murray will take stock in the morning before deciding whether to continue his Nottingham assault following a major injury scare. Murray jarred his right Achilles tendon after slipping at the back of centre court in...
LDV May Be Sold to Russian Associate of Chelsea Boss
Byline: By John Cranage Automotive Correspondent Birmingham vanmaker LDV looks set to be sold - just six months after being taken over by an American venture capital group. The deal could be announced as early as today, The Birmingham Post understands....
Letter: MPs Should Not Forget What They Are There to Do
Byline: Dave Osborne Dear Editor - I am sure Peugeot workers at Ryton will not have been impressed by the comments in Parliament of a Labour Government minister, Margaret Hodge, and a Labour MP, Brian Donohoe, criticising them and their families...
Letter: Tell World We Are Force to Be Reckoned With
Byline: COUN TED RICHARDS Dear Editor, - City Region. I was a little bemused by Paul Dale's report in Tuesday's Birmingham Post on "How we have missed out on city region status". I can assure your readers that the leaders of the eight urban core...
Making a Market out of Industrial Misfortune
It may not be glamorous, but asbestos consulting has proved a rich seam for one Bromsgrove early stage business. The Asbestos Group, which is three years old, has just reached the pounds 1 million turnover mark, turned its first profit, and is now...
Managing the Vintage Lottery
Byline: CLIVE PLATMAN More so than any other alcoholic beverage, wine is a product of nature. The characteristics of each and every vintage will vary enormously, particularly so in a region such as Bordeaux, with its maritime temperate climate....
Mental Health Alert on Children
Byline: By Jane Kirby The number of children suffering mental health problems is on the rise and more needs to be done to help them, according to a report out yesterday. Children who have been in care, witnessed domestic violence or who are from...
Mining Helps London Get out of the Pits; MARKET REPORT
A recovery in mining stocks helped lift share prices in London into the black yesterday after a mixed session for traders. After initially drifting below its opening mark, the FTSE 100 Index staged a recovery in later trading to close 32.1 points...
Mittal Looks Set to Improve Arcelor Offer
Arcelor shareholders expect Mittal Steel to improve its 22 billion euro (pounds 18.9 billion) offer - paving the way for a friendly deal between the steelmakers, fund managers said yesterday. The comments came after Arcelor cancelled a shareholder...
Mutual to Cut 800 Jobs after Skandia
Insurance company Old Mutual has announced plans to cut up to 600 UK jobs over the next three years following the completion of its takeover of Swedish savings firm Skandia. The company said it planned to axe up to 800 positions from its global...
NEC Casino Bid Hope
Byline: By Paul Dale Chief Reporter There was hope last night that Birmingham's NEC super-casino bid might be resurrected after a Government body indicated it would consider fresh representations to include the pounds 250 million project on a national...
North Korea Is Defiant over Missile Testing
North Korea said yesterday it is not bound by its own moratorium on long-range missile tests. The reports were in apparent defiance of international calls for Pyongyang not to launch a rocket believed capable of reaching the US. The bristling...
Pallasades Revamp 'Within Four Years'
A pounds 100 million scheme to revamp the Pallasades shopping centre in Birmingham could be completed within four years -depending on what engineering work is required to improve New Street station, it emerged yesterday. Warner Estate Holdings,...
Paper's Ramsay Claims Were False
Chef Gordon Ramsay and the makers of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares yesterday accepted a total of pounds 75,000 damages over a claim that the TV programme cynically faked scenes to make average restaurants look like public health hazards. The holder...
PERSPECTIVE: Birmingham Must Set Its Sights Very High; as the Urban Land Institute Conference Comes to Birmingham, City Council Leader Mike Whitby Explains Why Birmingham Is Looking to an International Future
Byline: Mike Whitby This week sees the spirit of Chicago come to Birmingham as we celebrate the flourishing relationship between our two cities. Chicago is, undoubtedly, one of the great cities of the world. It boasts a striking skyline and a...
PERSPECTIVE: Tunnel Vision and Some Trains of Thought
Byline: CHRIS UPTON The weather It's the 12.00pm train from Wolverhampton to Birmingham New Street, calling at everywhere in between. Actually it's the 11.54am out of Wolverhampton, but there's a signalling fault. Let that pass. There are...
Pinsent Masons Partners' Pounds 400,000
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Equity partners at Birmingham-based law firm Pinsent Masons are to get a 70 per cent 'pay rise'. It follows a costs and efficiency drive intended to get more out of the business. Average profit per equity...
POLITICS: Blair Force One Starts Plane Row
Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Queen are to get two dedicated aircraft to fly them on official visits, a senior Downing Street source confirmed. One is likely to be a Boeing 737 - capable of seating between 85 and 215 passengers - and the other...
POLITICS: Huntley Radio Spoof 'Sick Joke'
Byline: By Brian Farmer BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine apologised on air yesterday after his show ran a spoof news item saying that Soham murderer Ian Huntley had been murdered in his prison cell. Vine, who presents The Jeremy Vine Show on Radio...
POLITICS: No 10 Denies Rushing into New Laws
Downing Street yesterday denied the Government was "rushing into" new laws on informing the public about paedophiles, after a senior police officer claimed Ministers were pandering to a "tabloid" agenda. Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman rebuffed...
POLITICS: Politics Too Macho for Me - Morris
Former Education Secretary Baroness Morris last night said that she failed to cope with Cabinet-level politics because she was a woman. Estelle Morris, who unexpectedly resigned after a brief tenure in October 2002, said that her approach did not...
POLITICS: Sex Offenders Cleared to Work in Schools despite Ban Suggestions
Ministers have cleared two sex offenders to work in schools despite earlier advice to consider blacklisting them, the Government confirmed last night. Former Education Secretary Ruth Kelly promised Parliament in March that she was "acting" on recommendations...
Post Style: Bikinis and Back Stabbing; by Lisa Haynes. a Holiday Can Make or Break a Friendship
Byline: BY LISA HAYNES Forget the football pitch - the biggest competition of the summer is taking place elsewhere in Germany as the wives and girlfriends of the England football team are cooped up together in a plush five-star hotel. Soccer...
Post Style: Bright Sparks; Wear Something Bright for Blind Awareness Month
We have had Jeans for Genes, Fashion Aid and even dress down days where after donating a few quid to charity, you can swap your uniform/work clothes for something more comfortable. The latest wear-something-for-a- good-cause wheeze is Bright For...
Post Style: Bug Is Beautiful
No celebrity fashionista would be caught dead in the sun (or even in the shade) without a pair of sunnies so large they make them look like Jeff Goldblum after he had been genetically spliced with a bluebottle in The Fly. The trend has always been...
Post Style: Linen Lines; Colin and Justin Reclaim This Run-Down Room
Byline: COLIN AND JUSTIN BEFORE For far too long this empty room served no useful purpose - apart, that is, from being a dumping ground for all manner of dirty washing and clothes strewn wildly across the floor. The owners had let it become so...
Rising Jobless Drive UK Finances Deeper into Red
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Rising unemployment helped boost the cost of state benefits last month, accounting for nearly three-quarters of a surge in Government spending since May last year and driving the public finances deeper...
Rising Prices Fuel Up British Energy Again
Byline: By John Marsden Business Staff Rising power prices have fuelled the recovery of British Energy as the nuclear power generator put years of financial turmoil behind it. The company yesterday said output at its eight nuclear power stations...
Rover Service Is Just the Job
Former Rover workers have urged ex-colleagues who are still without jobs to use a new back to work service which has helped them in their search for employment. The Working for Jobs programme at the Holly-moor Centre in Northfield, close to the...
Rude Awakening for English
The English are now as rude as the French and less polite than the Americans, Germans and Spanish, according to a new survey. For courtesy, London is only ranked 15th - equal with Paris - among world cities, the survey from Reader's Digest revealed....
RUGBY UNION: Worcester Snap Up Quinnell
Byline: By Brian Dick John Brain has urged Worcester fans to temper their expectations of new signing Gavin Quinnell, despite the Welshman's peerless pedigree. The Sixways director of rugby yesterday announced the signing of the 6ft 7ins 21-stone...
Soccer Ticket Scam Trail Hot
Byline: By Ben Mitchell Detectives investigating an alleged ticket scam which caused 350 schoolchildren to miss out on seeing a World Cup match are targeting a bank account. Thames Valley said the account belonged to someone in Slough, Berkshire....
Spoil Yourself at Amala, Hyatt's New Spa
Whether you're a spa virgin who wants to dip their toe in the water for the first time or a spa disciple devoted to the very latest and exclusive treatments, if you're looking to achieve that elusive spa quality in the city look no further than amala....
Strada Is Well Worth the Wait; Finds a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes of Paris
Byline: ALISON DAVISON Strada is the sort of restaurant I've been waiting for. Simple, unfussy Italian food made with good ingredients at decent prices in a modern environment - if ever there was a formula for a successful restaurant that would...
Telent Sale Is Final Departure of Marconi
Telent - the firm formed from the remains of Marconi Corporation - yesterday agreed to a 529.5 pence per share bid from Holmar Holdings, a fund set up by American investment firm Fortress. The cash bid from Holmar values the telecoms support services...
The Old One per Cent Factor; Early Stage Businesses This Week Advantage Business Angels' Managing Director Neil Mackay Hears about the Latest Angel Trends
Byline: Neil Mackay I am just back from a two day conference in London held by the British Business Angels Association - BBAA. This was the second annual conference - its first meeting was in Birmingham - but even so one of the first things that...
Time to Tackle Skills Shortage, Says Key Aide
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Britain must make the creation of a skilled workforce more than just a "balloon on a slide", a key Government adviser warned yesterday. Sir Andrew Foster, who led a high-profile review into reforming...
Tricks of the Trade
Do the Supermarket Sweep and save a fortune. Mesh magazine rack by Tesco (tesco.com) just pounds 5.97, matching mesh wastepaper bin just pounds 3.93. This stuff would cost so much more elsewhere so we're not quite sure how they can make a profit, but...
Victoria Ground Sale Set
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Carpet-maker Victoria is poised to sign a conditional deal to sell its six-acre sports ground in Kidderminster with three would-be buyers lined up. One of them could develop a new sports centre....
Whitbread Taking Coffee to Land of Tea
Leisure giant Whitbread has revealed it is to expand its Costa Coffee chain into China. The first Costa store is scheduled to open in Shanghai early next year and Whitbread aims to have 300 stores throughout China over the next few years. Chief...
Why I'll Die on My Birthday
Byline: By Emma Pinch A Birmingham man paralysed by German neo-Nazi thugs said he was planning to commit suicide on his birthday because he sees no point in living any more. Noel Martin said he wanted to die on July 23 next year - a month on...
Why Office Market Is Becalmed
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor The West Midlands office market is virtually becalmed despite hopes for an increase in demand in the long term, according to a new report from the CBI and property advisers GVA Grimley. Demand for...
World Comes Crashing Down
Byline: By Joanna Geary These were the dramatic moments when the hopes of thousands of football fans in Birmingham almost came crashing down before last night's England-Sweden World Cup clash. A giant screen erected at the Fan Park in Millennium...