The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from August 29, 2006

A Greener Site for the Environment
This new website, launched with the help of Midlands consultancy Market Link PR, has attracted a staggering 16,500 hits within 24 hours of going live. The portal greenandeasy.co.uk - was set up to offer a simple way of finding "green" products and...
Alleged Bomb Plot Man to Be Extradited
Britain has requested the extradition of a Birmingham man being held in Pakistan over the alleged airline bomb plot, the Home Office confirmed yesterday. Rashid Rauf has been in custody in the country since August 9, and has previously been described...
All Smiles at Peter's Mini Proms Concert
Byline: By Emma Brady Traditional bank holiday weather failed to dampen the spirits of music lovers in Soli-hull last night as CBSO musicians staged a mini Proms concert for one lucky Birmingham Post reader. The orchestra's Little Big Time Band...
A Mobile Way to Find out What's on in Coventry
Visitors to Coventry will be able to download tourist information and up-to-the-minute 'what's on' news straight to their mobile phones from next month. On entering the city, visitors in possession of web-enabled mobile phones will be able to download,...
An Irresistible Purchase for Those That like a Little Fun on the Net; OPINION
Byline: GILES TURNBULL Who said the internet had to be all about websites and email? Why can't we have fun with it as well? Manufacturers of modern gadgets have been thinking along those lines, and that's why you'll find support for Wi-Fi wireless...
Best of British Celebrate at the Emmy Awards
Byline: By Ruth Barnett America is often seen as the home of television, but British stars were celebrating yesterday after enjoying a very successful night at this year's Emmy awards. Ricky Gervais, Dame Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Richard...
Birmingham Boy Louis Hurt in Turkey Bomb Blasts
His legs and arms heavily bandaged, shocked Birmingham youngster Louis Beckford was among ten Britons injured when bombs ripped through two of Turkey's most popular tourist resorts this weekend. The ten-year-old was on holiday with his family when...
Blunkett Backs Brum Power
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has backed proposals to devolve more power to cities such as Birmingham. He said regional bodies such as Advantage West Midlands were incapable of providing the level of leadership required. Instead, city...
Come and Join the Brain Game; THRIVE THROUGH CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Business people who love to test their grey matter are signing up for this year's Birmingham Brain Game. This year Susan White, organiser of the sixth annual challenge, is expecting to set a new record entry of 60 teams competing for the trophy...
Cricket: England Washed Away by Afridi; NATWEST TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL BRISTOL: Pakistan Defeated England by Five Wickets
Byline: By Jack Bannister Pakistan cantered home at Bristol by five wickets with 13 balls to spare' that is a wide margin in Twenty20 cricket. At full-strength in their attack for the first time this summer, they carried too much firepower with...
Cricket: Hair Should Be Backed
Byline: PATMURPHY The Darrell Hair Affair has been unpleasant, dismaying and full of red herrings. As various notables employed by the International Cricket Council run for cover, leaving Hair isolated, the Pakistani party have been opportunistic...
Cricket: ICC Scrap Summit on Inzy Row
Byline: By Myles Hodgson The ball-tampering saga took another twist yesterday with the International Cricket Council cancelling their emergency executive board meeting to discuss the issue. ICC president Percy Sonn had called Saturday's meeting...
CULTURE: Early Taste of Plays Heading for the City; Keith McKenna Takes in the Some of the Highlights of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Finds a Strong West Midland Connection
Byline: Keith McKenna The shocking desperation and vibrant life of some urban areas of South Africa was brought to the stage of the Edinburgh Festival in Township Stories. The show comes to Birmingham in late September. Sixteen performers weave...
CULTURE: Stellar Visitors Confirm the Status of the Festival; Some of the Finest Screen Stars Flocked to This Year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, Which Ended Yesterday. Roger Shannon Selects Highlights from the Event
Byline: Roger Shannon This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 14 - 28), was bustling with A list film celebrities including directors Brian De Palma and Steven Soderbergh, who came hot from the set of Oceans 13' actresses Charlize...
Cycling: Hope Not Dope Marks the Rise of Britain's New Cycling Heroes; TOUR OF BRITAIN
Byline: By Scott Dougal The Tour of Britain gets under way in Glasgow tomorrow, hoping to build on the success of the previous two editions since its return to the cycling calendar and with British cyclists well represented in the fight against...
Cyclist's Joy at the End of 17-Day Charity Ride; THRIVE THROUGH CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
A novice long-distance cyclist, who works for Cadbury, is celebrating after completing a gruelling 17-day charity ride from John O'Groats to Lands End. Michael Huggins, who works in manufacturing at Cadbury Trebor Bassett's Bournville site, began...
Dartmouth Unable to Shake off Walsall; BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE
Byline: By Ged Scott West Bromwich Dartmouth still lead the Birmingham League with three games to go after another day of Premier Division drama. Naheem Saijad's men did all that was asked of them as they pulled off a six-wicket win at reigning...
ECT 'Dramatically' Benefits the Patient
Experts say that when used for the right clinical conditions, ECT can "dramatically" benefit the patient. Those who support its use say that in nearly three quarters of cases people with depressive illness showed "a definite improvement" after ECT....
Fears over Shock Treatments
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Campaigners have voiced fears over the continuing use of electric shock treatments on mental health patients in Birmingham and Solihull. The controversial method involves passing an electric current through the brain to...
Football: Great Man's Arrival Is Bad Timing for Rueful Robson
Byline: By Ged Scott Bryan Robson had suffered the sort of afternoon which must make any player wonder if he's doing the right thing going into management. But he still had the good grace to sit back and wish his old Manchester United team-mate,...
Football: Keane Buzz Has Albion Feeling Sore; Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 0
Byline: By Ged Scott at the Stadium of Light Not many managers are sacked after winning a game. About as many as get the chance to sack themselves, in fact. But that was the fate for Sunderland's outgoing manager, Niall Quinn, as Roy Keane's...
Football: McSheffrey Settles Quickly at St Andrew's; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ian Clarkson Gary McSheffrey will finally be able to draw breath this week after a tumultuous beginning to the season. A month of transfer shenanigans between Coventry and Birmingham left him in turmoil before the pounds 3.6 million...
Football: Petrov Moves Closer to Villa; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Brian Dick With just two days to go before the transfer window shuts, Aston Villa are set to make their first signing of the summer with the pounds 7 million capture of Bulgaria international Stilian Petrov. The midfielder will become...
Football: Relief for McCarthy as Murray Reports in Fit
Byline: By Ged Scott Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has eased fears that his No 1 goalkeeper Matt Murray might be destined for another spell on the sidelines. Murray caused anxiety in the Wolves camp late in Saturday's 1-0 home...
Football: Worcester Draw Blank as Boro Slip; NON-LEAGUE
Worcester City's reign as Nationwide North leaders lasted just 48 hours after they were held to a goalless draw by Alfreton Town yesterday. The result means Andy Preece's men slip to third, one point behind Blyth Spartans. Nuneaton Borough's...
Helen Mirren Heads for the Stage to Accept the Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or a Film for Her Work on Elizabeth I Pictures
Helen Mirren heads for the stage to accept the award for outstanding lead actress in a mini-series or a film for her work on Elizabeth I Pictures, CHRIS CARLSON, Associated Press' Kelly Macdonald with her award for outstanding supporting actress' Ricky...
House Price Growth Slows
Byline: By Rhian Nicholson and John Duckers House price growth in the UK slowed to an average of 0.4 per cent in August, a study found. Average property values rose from pounds 166,500 to pounds 167,200 as the rate of growth slowed by a third...
I'm Dreaming of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 Now, Says Gold-Winning Zara
Zara Phillips told yesterday how she is setting her sights on the 2008 Olympics following her "amazing" victory in the World Equestrian Games. The Princess Royal's daughter and granddaughter of the Queen said her gold medal had been beyond her wildest...
In Brief
CRICKET: Moseley Ashfield's Ollie Thomas scored a 43-ball century in their Warwickshire League match with Atherstone yesterday. Thomas, about to don the No 10 shirt for Moseley again in the coming rugby union season, hit 12 sixes and four fours...
Interest Rate Rise ' Expected'
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Midland fears over rising prices are set to strengthen the case for a further jump in interest rates. More than three-quarters of consumers across the West Midlands and East Midlands expect prices to increase...
Iron Lady Too Strong for Churchill in PM Study
Winston Churchill may have been voted the public's "Greatest Briton" - but one historian has decided he was not even our second best Prime Minister of the 20th century. Tory "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher and post-war Labour leader Clement Attlee...
Kids Stocking Up on Junk Food
Children are using the journey to and from school to fill up on "a secret mountain of junk food", despite a drive to improve pupils' diets, according to research published today. Nearly one in three primary school children stop off to buy fizzy...
Landlords See Buy-to-Let Rental Yields Remain Stable
Rental yields from buy-to-let properties are remaining stable as confident landlords continue to invest and grow their portfolios. That was the picture that emerged from the latest snapshot of the buy-to-let market by Solihull-based specialist lender...
Lawn Tennis: Murray's Slam Hopes Are Played Down by Gilbert
Byline: By Frank Malley Andy Murray's coach Brad Gilbert has warned of the dangers of expecting too much too soon from the teenager. The 19-year-old begins his US Open campaign high in confidence today after rising to 19 in the world rankings...
Letter: UK State Pension Is the Lowest in Europe
Byline: MICHAEL THOMPSON Dear Editor, One in five elderly people live in abject poverty in this country because the UK's state pension is the lowest in Europe at just pounds 82 a week, representing just 15 per cent of national average earnings....
Lollipop Recruitment Drive Is a Success
Lollipop men and women have returned to school crossings across the country after a recruitment drive filled vacancies left empty for years. Some councils now have fewer than five per cent of patrols vacant, according to the Local Government Association...
Loved Ones Facing Hefty Inheritance Tax Bills
Byline: By Emma Brady One in ten homeowners in the Midlands could leave their loved ones facing hefty inheritance tax bills if property prices continue to rise, according to new figures. About ten per cent of homes in the region are valued above...
Make or Break Time' for Labour
Byline: By Daniel Bentley The next year will be "make or break time" for New Labour, one of Tony Blair's closest allies said yesterday. Stephen Byers, a former Cabinet Minister, called for an open debate about the future of the party but appealed...
Nurses Don't Have the Time to Feed Elderly
Older people's lives are being put at risk because hospital nurses do not always have time to feed them, a charity warned today. Age Concern said vulnerable patients were being left malnourished, with their health deteriorating in the very place...
Online Forum to Cut the Mustard
A groundbreaking 'electronic community' is set to help the West Midlands' best entrepreneurial talent increase turnover and create jobs. Mustard.uk.com, the region's high growth business start-up service, is using its proven track record to launch...
Online PR May Be the Only Way of Getting Through
Byline: CHRIS TOMLINSON Bill Gates once said he would spend his last dollar on PR. He wasn't suggesting we should all invite our customers to more Pig Roasts, but was alluding to the marketing power of good public relations. Bill is quite...
Overseas Demand for Bonds Soars
Byline: By Christina Fincher Special Correspondent Foreign demand for Government bonds is soaring and at an opportune time for Britain's debt agency which is issuing an unprecedented amount of gilts this year. The proportion of gilts held by...
PERSPECTIVE: Go on, Spend the Lot - We'll Help You
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB You may have spent the long weekend indulging yourself and those nearest to you. Who could blame you? After all it was the last Bank Holiday before Christmas and four months represents a long slog to the next official national...
PERSPECTIVE: Never Mind the Skools: Wot about the Teecher? Forget Good Schools - It's Good Teachers That Matter. and They Can Exist Anywhere. Here Steve Devrell, Who Has Been Teaching in the Region for 34 Years, Explains How to Spot a Class Act from a Lost Cause
Byline: Steve Devrell So much is reported these days about education being a lottery. "It's not what you know, that gives you a successful education, it's where you live". Parents, it seems, are prepared to move house, drive miles every day,...
Precious Website for Precious Metals
A West Midlands company's new-look website could prove to be a precious commodity for craftsmen and jewellers across Britain and Western Europe. Palmer Metals, based in Broad Lane, Coventry, has developed its online operation at www.palmermetals.co.uk...
Racing Mourns 'The Duke'
Byline: By Thomas Deane Martin Pipe last night joined a growing list of leading figures within the racing industry to pay tribute to old rival David Nicholson following the death of the former champion trainer at the age of 67. Pipe won the National...
Sparkle of Steel and Gems Up for Grabs Will Spark Market This Week
Byline: John Duckers Takeover speculation involving Corus and Signet could be fuelled this week as the pair are due to post first half results tomorrow. The former British Steel firm has been linked with a number of foreign suitors following...
Students Step Up at Senokian
Two university students have joined Coventry computer software company, Senokian Solutions, under a scheme aimed at recruiting bright and intelligent undergraduates to the small business sector. Paul Bain, aged 21, and 20-year-old Ben Francis are...
Talks to Revive Stadium Dream
Byline: By Neil Connor Dreams of a new super stadium for Birmingham could be revived after it was revealed talks had been held between Birmingham City Football Club and the city council. The talks are being carried out as Birmingham publicly...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Food for Thought
Nursing shortages are leaving wards so overstretched that nurses claim they have little or no time to help elderly patients eat their meals. Not only does this leave vulnerable patients feeling weak and malnourished, they inevitably have to stay...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Voters Do Not Want to Inherit an Old Tax
If property owners across the Midlands, even those on the lower rungs, thought they were sheltered from the ills of rising house prices (and yes, they do exist), then now perhaps is the time for a serious rethink. According to the latest figures,...
Three Dead, 20 Hurt in Resort Explosion
Byline: By Neil Connor An explosion in the centre of one of Turkey's most popular tourist resorts killed three people and injured at least 20 others yesterday - less than one day after bomb attacks struck another tourist centre and an Istanbul neighbourhood....
We Made an Investment, Now We've Got to Worry
As homeowners gradually move up the property ladder they might start to consider whether their new des res will make them a profit or will be able to accommodate any new additions to the family. The taxman rarely figures in these thoughts. But if...
We Will Bring Home Kidnapped Israeli Soldiers, Premier Olmert Pledges
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised yesterday to bring home two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas. "We will exhaust every effort to bring them home," Mr Olmert said in a speech in the northern city of Haifa. The July 12 abduction...
Your PC Needs a Wash and Brush Up at Least Once a Week
So you've got the broadband connection, you've fired up the browser for your first surf - and it's not much faster that the old steam-powered dial-up. The first reaction might be to get on the phone and blast the internet provider, but a little...