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Articles from September 11, 2006

9/11 ANNIVERSARY: For the Bereaved, It's a Day like Any Other; as the World Today Marks the Fifth Anniversary of the September 11 Tragedies, Rob Halligan Told Liz Nicholls How He - and His Children - Are Still Trying to Come to Terms with the Death of His Father in the Attacks on the Twin Towers
Byline: Liz Nicholls Rob Halligan's daughter, Nikita, was only two years old when her grandfather died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. At the time, her father did not know how much impact the events had made on the toddler....
9/11 ANNIVERSARY: Prince Andrew Recalls His Twin Tower Fears for Duchess
The Duke of York paid tribute yesterday to the inspirational bravery of those who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks. "It is incredible to see the strength of character these families have shown in the face of such adversity," he said,...
Bag Limit Blow for Musicians
Byline: By Katie Dawson and Nick Hodgson The Musicians' Union plans to lobby Parliament over strict airline security measures it says are damaging the livelihoods of musicians. Size limits placed on hand luggage following the recent terror scare...
Bees of Yore in Rampant Form to Leave Poor Chiefs Reeling
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent at Sharmans Cross Road Pertemps Bees 35 Exeter Chiefs 17 There was something of the throwback about this victory. The pace, the power, the intensity and ultimately the utterly comprehensive dismantlement...
Business Leaders Expecting 'Adversarial' Relations with Unions
Business leaders yesterday urged the Government to resist union calls for new employment laws, claiming they would harm the economy and turn back the clock on workplace relations. The CBI said that in the current "political turbulence" surrounding...
Cricket: Bruce Fighting to Lift Blues Relegation Hangover
Byline: By Ged Scott Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce cannot complain after taking his team joint top of the Championship alongside Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers with just six games of the season gone. But the Blues manager admitted...
Cricket: Cast Your Vote for the Bear Who Most Made You Roar; WARWICKSHIRE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2006
You've watched the season unfold, now choose your player of the year. With another eventful season drawing to a close, it's the perfect time to reflect. Who do you think has been Warwickshire's outstanding performer? Now it's up to you - the...
Cricket: Corks Pop as Shifnal Clinch Division Title; OTHER DIVISIONS
Byline: Ged Scott The Champagne was flowing at Smethwick as Shifnal's second promotion in successive years ensured that there will still be two Shropshire sides in the top flight next season, writes Ged Scott. Shrewsbury might have bounced back...
Cricket: England Share Series after Tight Finish; England Defeated Pakistan by Three Wickets
Byline: By Jack Bannister England sneaked home at Edgbaston yesterday to square the one-day series against Pakistan, and that despite throwing away a seemingly cast-iron position when, with seven wickets in hand they only needed 53 for victory in...
Cricket: Inspirational Kabir Keeps Hopes Alive; Worcestershire (20Pts) Defeated Leicestershire (5) by 192 Runs
Byline: By Graham Winbury at New Road Barring a meteorological miracle in Chelmsford over the next two days, it looks like Worcestershire will have to come from behind if they are to claim promotion to Division One of the County County Championship....
Cricket: Murali: Jeering Made Me Stronger; Round-Up
Sri Lanka off spinner Mut-tiah Muralitharan says he is mentally stronger and more determined to succeed after being jeered by spectators on this year's tour of Australia for his controversial action. The 34-year-old has taken 657 Test wickets, second...
Cricket: Petrov Eyes Wider Stage for Villa
Byline: By Ian Clarkson Aston Villa's bandwagon is gathering pace to such an extent that debutant Stiliyan Petrov is already dreaming of Europe. The 27-year-old Bulgarian international delivered a virtuoso performance in central midfield to show...
Cricket: Shining Knight Only Highlights Bears' Woes; PRO40 LEAGUE Lancashire (2 Pts) Beat Warwickshire by Eight Wickets
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer at Old Trafford Warwickshire's List A season reaches a conclusion today with a trip to Trent Bridge to play Nottinghamshire in the Pro-40 League. Put simply, annything less than a win leaves Warwickshire...
Cricket: Walsall Close in on Crown PREMIER DIVISION
Byline: By Ged Scott Walsall are within reach of the Birmingham League title after securing a better result than title rivals West Bromwich Dartmouth on the season's penultimate weekend. A winning draw at Himley has stretched their lead over...
Culture: CD Reviews
Fergie London Bridge Stacy Ferguson, aka Fergie, tries to make her mark without the Black Eyed Peas but doesn't make much of an impression with London Bridge. Anyone who's expecting a BEP spin-off will be disappointed, as this song, full of street...
CULTURE: From Tin Bath Noise to Trailer Park Society and Flash Metallers; Artsfest Venues throughout Birmingham over the Weekend
Byline: Stefan Kucharczyk With the anticipated return of Big Voice and promising an eclectic programme, I spent Saturday night in search of the inspiring and intriguing at Birmingham's free cultural showpiece, ArtsFest. With last year's event...
CULTURE: It's Tough to Play Second Fiddle for Jaxx; Dance Duo Basement Jaxx Have Never Been Ones to Play the Pop Game, Will Marlow Talks to Them about Their Latest Tour
Byline: Will Marlow For a lot of artists, a support slot on a Robbie Williams' tour would be a dream come true - a high-profile career boost that would be impossible to turn down. Not so for Basement Jaxx. At least that's mostly the case. When...
CULTURE: Podcast Push to Turn on New Supporters; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Is Going Digital to Reach Supporters through a New Monthly Podcast
Byline: Terry Grimley reports Followers of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will have a new way of keeping up to date with its news from today, when it becomes the first major orchestra to launch its own podcast. The first in a planned...
EDUCATION MATTERS: Eleven Plus Divided Families but Failure Was Never an Issue; NEVER MIND THE BULLOCK Plain Speaking from Ex-Teacher Brenda Bullock
Byline: Brenda Bullock Thanks to some recent television programmes about the 1950s education system, with the "dreaded" 11+ exam which we are told "condemned thousands of children to failure" I must say, as a grammar school pupil of that time, that...
EDUCATION MATTERS: Micro - Meal Parents in Food Firing Line
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent A generation of parents brought up on microwave meals has been left without any cooking skills to pass on to their children, Birmingham's head of school dinners has warned. Shelia Walker said it...
EDUCATION MATTERS: Youngsters Spend Half a Year in Front of a Screen
Children in Birmingham spend the equivalent of half a year sitting in front of a TV or computer screen between the ages of seven and 16. The city's youngsters are clocking up an average of 480 hours screen time a year according to a survey of 3,500...
Fined Cyclist to Sell Bike and Buy a Car
Byline: By Emma Pinch The message to leave the car at home and help combat climate change is a plea familiar to everyone but acted on by only a few. Daniel Cadden is one of the exceptions - cycling 14 miles to and from work each day in Telford,...
Five People Killed in Double M6 Horror
Five people were feared to have died in two separate crashes on the M6 motorway in the Midlands last night. Police said four victims were believed to have been killed in a collision on the northbound carriageway near junction 11a at around 7.40pm....
Football: Carter in Positive Form as Koumas Rivalry Hots Up
Byline: Ian Clarkson Darren Carter's sparkling performance against Leicester should ensure that returning hero Jason Koumas remains on the bench for some considerable while yet, writes Ian Clarkson. And with both players competing for the right...
Football: Cautious Money Pays Price; LEAGUE TWO
Byline: By Paul Marston at Blundell Park Grimsby Town 2 Wal sall 1 This result had been coming Walsall's way for the past few weeks, even though it was the first defeat of the season. Having come from behind at Lincoln City then Barnet through...
Football: Four Brush Strokes End Staveley Hopes; NON-LEAGUE Fa Vase
Four-goal Dave Brush helped Coleshill Town sweep aside Staveley Miners Welfare to cruise into the second qualifying round of the FA Vase. Brush hit the first goal with a 25th-minute penalty in an incident which led to the hosts' keeper being sent...
Football: Grateful Taylor Unhappy at Late 'Gift' That Piled on the Pressure
Byline: By Ged Scott Maik Taylor is an experienced enough performer to know that it's results that matter most in football. Only a week ago, the Birmingham City goalkeeper was part of a Northern Ireland squad under fire when some of their players...
Football: Lambs Find Feet as Harriers' Confidence Wilts; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Byline: By Colin Stoner at Aggbo rough Kidderminster Harriers 0 Tam worth 2 Famously it was "The Sun wot won it" for John Major in the 1992 General Election. And it was the media that inadvertently provided the extra spark for Tamworth in...
Football: Patience Pays for Albion; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ian Clarkson at The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 2 Leicester City 0 If Albion are to attain their holy grail this season then it is apparent that character will be a major factor. While Albion racked up their third home win...
Football: Robson Shuns Aerial Route
Byline: By Ian Clarkson While comparisons with Manchester United and Arsenal may seem incongruous after a laboured victory over Leicester, Bryan Robson's sentiments were true. With temperature levels rising at The Hawthorns as Albion failed to...
Football: Snape Strike Seals Victory as Rovers Continue to Lap Up Life on the Road; NON-LEAGUE BRITISH GAS BUSINESS LEAGUE
Bromsgrove Rovers are starting to show why they were the pre-season tips to be champions in the Midlands Division. Rovers extended their 100 per cent away record with a 3-1 success at Leighton Town to remain one point clear of Brackley Town and...
Football: Tigers Give Blues a Fright; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ged Scott at St Andrew's It was tense, it was nervous, and the sort of hot and bothered afternoon to give any manager a headache - but at the end of the day it also brought the welcome relief of another three home points. Birmingham...
Football: Towering Form Makes Kyle an Instant Success; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Lee Corden at the Ricoh Arena Coventry City 3 Norwich City 0 As dream home debuts go, this was right up there for Coventry's new striker Kevin Kyle. The giant centre forward made a goal in front of his new legion of supporters'...
Football: Villa Upstage Hosts to Grab Valuable Point; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Ian Clarkson at Upton Park Party poopers Aston Villa spoiled the official welcoming bash for West Ham United's new Argentinian internationals but profligacy in front of goal ensured they returned north with only a point. Almost 12...
Getting It Right First Time
Byline: By Joanna Geary Dealing, as they do, with more than 2,500 visitors and guests a week, Kathrine Ohm Thomas, general manager of Birmingham's Radisson SAS hotel and her PA, Anita Burgess-Smith, know the importance of getting things right first...
Give Us Our Share of Credit, Says Labour
Byline: By Paul Dale Chief Reporter A 20,000-word progress report drawn up for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition running Birmingham has been criticised for not giving enough credit to the performance of the city council's former Labour...
Golf: Dredge Flies at the Flag to Secure Mountain Victory
Byline: By Phil Casey in Crans-sur-Sierre Wales' Bradley Dredge turned the final round of the Omega European Masters into a procession to claim an overdue second European Tour title. Dredge carded a closing 67 for a 17-under -par total of 267...
Harnessing British Manufacturing Know-How the Way Forward
Byline: JOHN CRANAGE Wednesday will be an important day for the motor industry in Britain on two fronts. In the morning, BMW will be officially inaugurating the start of production of the second generation Mini at Plant Oxford, the car factory...
Healthier Options Turn Pupils off Dinners
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent The introduction of healthy menus for pupils has led to a slump in the uptake of school dinners in Birmingham. The city council revealed there was a three per cent drop in children having school...
Horse Racing: Sixties Icon Ponders International Option
Byline: By Robert Pratt at York A trip to Woodbine for the Canadian International on October 22 is a possibility for Sixties Icon if connections of the Ladbrokes St Leger winner opt not to supplement him for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The...
How Nosediving Boeing Helped Aerospace Sector to Crash Land
Shares in Boeing soared to an all-time high in May as the resurgent planemaker piled on orders for its lucrative 787 Dreamliner and it moved to end long-running legal wrangles with the US government. Three months later, the stock has slumped 16...
In Brief
MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton can focus on winning a Formula One drive next season after being crowned GP2 champion in unusual circumstances at Monza. The McLaren protege finished third in Saturday's race, setting up a title decider yesterday but the...
'Inconvenient' Restrictions May Soon Be Lifted
Restrictions imposed on hand baggage permitted to air passengers in the wake of last month's alleged terror plot may soon be eased, Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander said yesterday. The changes introduced last month have sparked complaints among...
Internal Candidate Appointed as Successor to NEC's Morris
The NEC Group has announced the appointment of a new chief executive to replace outgoing boss Andrew Morris. Paul Thandi, who has been commercial director at the NEC since April 2005, will take up his new position next month. Mr Thandi has been...
INTERNATIONAL: Bermuda on Alert as Florence Prepares to Blow Up a Storm
Bermuda was on hurricane alert yesterday as Tropical Storm Florence intensified on its path through the open Atlantic towards the tiny British territory. Florence was expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it reaches Bermuda today, according...
INTERNATIONAL: Birthplace Has Mixed Welcome for Pope
German-born Pope Benedict XVI began an emotional, six-day homecoming to his birthplace and the city where he served as a priest and bishop over the weekend But experts said the ceremony and pride of the visit, to include Mass for an expected 250,000...
INTERNATIONAL: Blair's Pledge on Middle East Peace
Byline: By John Smith Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday pledged to use his last months in office to pursue peace in the Middle East - after hearing Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas agree to meet the Israeli Prime Minister. The move comes...
INTERNATIONAL: NATO Claims Another 94 Taliban Dead as Afghan Fighting Continues
Byline: By John Smith Nato and Afghan forces killed 94 Taliban fighters in airstrikes and ground attacks in southern Afghanistan, while a suicide bomber yesterday killed a provincial governor, amid deepening violence across the country. The US...
Lawn Tennis: Gym Fixes It for Sharapova; TENNIS: US OPEN
Byline: By Stephen Tring at Flushing Meadows Maria Sharapova claimed she had reached a new physical peak after overpowering Justine Henin-Hardenne to capture the US Open title. The Russian stepped up her workload in the gym after bowing out in...
Legal Bill Could Ruin Nurse in Beds Fight
A former nurse will go to the High Court today in a legal action to save hospital beds - and faces financial ruin if she loses her case. Pensioner Pat Morris could be landed with a legal bill of pounds 80,000 after heading a campaign against cost-cutting...
Letter: Telling the Real Story about PFI Projects
Byline: DAVID SPILSBURY Dear Editor, My old friend Dick Knowles is not usually an apologist for this Government, so I wish he had not repeated their spin doctors' advocacy of the Private Finance Initiative (Post, August 26). He/they liken PFI to...
Matchday Tragedy of Young Star
Byline: By Tim Walsh A Midland football club is in mourning after one of its players collapsed during a game and died. Hinckley United's Matthew Gadsby fell ill on Saturday midway through the first half of his team's Conference North game at...
Motor Racing: Bayliss Title Celebrations Put on Ice; SUPERBIKES
Byline: By Roddy Brooks Troy Bayliss saw his bid to wrap up the World Superbike title frustrated as Yukio Kagayama and James Tose-land took the race wins in Germany. Bayliss had gone into the Lausitzring round with a 100-point lead in the series...
Motor Racing: FIA to Investigate after Briatore Claims Title Race Is Fixed
Renault chief Flavio Briatore could face the wrath of Formula One's governing body the FIA after claiming this season's world championship battle has been fixed in favour of the departing Michael Schumacher. Briatore is angry his driver, defending...
Motor Racing: Schumi Coming to End of Road; FORMULA ONE
Byline: By Alastair Moffitt in Monza Michael Schumacher set the scene perfectly with a trademark victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza before announcing the end of his record-breaking career. Formula One's most successful driver will hang...
MPs Reject 'Baltigate' Conspiracy Claims
Byline: By Neil Connor Two West Midlands Labour MPs last night dismissed claims that they were involved in a 'curry house conspiracy' against Tony Blair. Sion Simon and Ian Austin were said to have met fellow MP Tom Watson at a balti restau-rant...
PERSPECTIVE: Don't Be a Mug Tony - Get a Cup and Saucer
Byline: SARAH EVANS Mugs. Their full significance as a political prop has ranged into view following the photographs of Tony Blair clutching his Anthony 'novelty' mug. Much has been made of what it says about the man, the Prime Minister and the...
PERSPECTIVE: New York - It's Still a Wonderful Town; Five Years after Terrorist Attacks on New York Shocked the World, Birmingham Post Reporter Emma Brady Recalls Her Experience of 9/11 and How It Affected Her Relationship with 'The City That Never Sleeps'
Byline: Emma Brady I had fallen in love with the Big Apple long before I arrived at JFK Airport. By the time I had cleared customs I couldn't wait to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this iconic city that had become so familiar to me through...
POLITICS: Chancellor Has Drawn Up His Agenda
Gordon Brown yesterday gave an insight into how the Government's agenda might look if he became Prime Minister. While repeatedly insisting he was not taking for granted his move to 10 Downing Street, the Chancellor used his first broadcast interview...
POLITICS: PM Brown Looks Back on a Year at No 10; What Does the Future Hold for Labour Following Last Week's Traumatic Events? Political Editor Jonathan Walker Reads the Tea-Leaves and Takes a Light-Hearted Look at Gordon Brown's First Year in Power, as It Appears in January 2008
Byline: Jonathan Walker Can you believe people used to call Gordon Brown dour? It seems remarkable, when you look back over the past 12 months. Since becoming Prime Minister, he's rarely been seen without that huge grin on his face. And it...
Post Leads City Region Debate; THE BIG DEBATE BIRMINGHAM
The chances of Birmingham and the West Midlands acquiring city region status will be thrashed out today by some of the biggest names in local government and business. Speakers at The Big Debate, organised by The Birmingham Post and the NEC Group,...
Power of the Future in Land of the Free; Wind Power Represents a Fraction of the UK's Energy Requirements, but the Government's Energy Review, Published This Summer, Put It at the Heart of Future Policy. in the United States, the Successes and the Setbacks Are Very Similar. Special Correspondent Joanne Morrison Reports
Byline: Joanne Morrison John Roth stood on his 88-acre farm, looking up at the land he owns on the mountain ridge. He hopes someday to see a new crop that needs no fertiliser and renews itself - windmills that generate electricity and, most importantly,...
Rugby Union: Farrell Ready to Take His Bow; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Saracens have confirmed there is "a very strong chance" of Andy Farrell making his long-awaited rugby union debut tonight. The former Great Britain and Wigan rugby league skipper signed for Saracens 18 months ago, but...
Rugby Union: Moseley Show Autumn Colours; RUGBY UNION: NATIONAL ONE
Byline: By Josh Ball at Billesley Common Moseley 44 Bedford Blues 37 The game turned in a ten-minute spell that saw Moseley out-Bedford Bedford The season may be just two weeks old but it already appears as if a host of teams will have...
Rugby Union: Stour Run through Their Repertoire to Leave Barking Looking Toothless; NATIONAL TWO
Byline: By Howard Clews Bradford & Bingley 28 Nuneaton 34 Stourbridge made it a two-out-of-two winning start to the season, demonstrating the quickly-found cohesion of their new-look side - this time adding fluent attack to the fine defence...
Rugby Union: Titans Spike Cov's Wheels; RUGBY UNION: National One Coventry 15 Rotherham Titans 22
Byline: By Paul Ingleston at Butts Park Arena Lots of endeavour, bags of pace, but, in the end, no end product. A rugged and streetwise Rotherham strangled the life out of Coventry and deservedly took the points. Coventry had to settle for a point...
Sainsbury's Has Lots in Store for Region
Byline: By John Cranage Business Staff A resurgent Sainsbury's is scouting the West Midlands for sites for new stores as part of a growth plan driven by chief executive Justin King. He was in Birmingham on Friday to talk to property developers...
Speedway: Wolves Aiming to Keep Play-Off Hopes Alive
Byline: By David Rowe Wolverhampton bid to set up a frantic finale to the Elite League programme with victory tonight over fast-fading Ipswich at Monmore Green. And while Wolves are still the outsiders in the three-way battle between themselves,...
Teenage Gun Victim Was 'In Wrong Place at Wrong Time'
A 15-year-old boy gunned down in a city park was an innocent victim in the wrong place at the wrong time, police said yesterday. Schoolboy Jessie James was shot three times in the early hours of Saturday morning in a public park in Manchester's...
The Birmingham Post: Blame Game
It's not surprising that Gordon Brown is smiling a lot these days. The events of the last week have seen many of the cards fall in his favour, even if he is tainted by suspicions about his involvement in the alleged plotting against the Prime Minister....
The Birmingham Post: Counting Cost of Junk Food Generation
Much has been done during the last couple of years to promote the virtues of healthy food served to children. There has been Jamie Oliver's campaign, the banishment of so-called junk food and fizzy drinks from school menus, and endless promotions...
THE RANDY LERNER STORY: A Jealous Guardian of His Private Life; FAMILY LIFE
Married with four children, Randy Lerner jealously guarded his private life. But in the summer of 2006, just as his name was being linked with a move to buy Aston Villa, he found that his public life and family life merging into one. On July 10,...
THE RANDY LERNER STORY: Cambridge Days Had Lasting Effect; in the Second Part of His Series on Randy Lerner, Chief Sports Writer Hyder Jawad Looks Back at the New as Ton Villa Owner's Childhood, His Love of England and His Passion for Football
Byline: Hyder Jawad The United States into which Randy Lerner was born in 1962 was different from the one in which his father, Alfred, grew up in the 1930s. Whereas the America of 1933 was constrained by the Depression, the America of 1962 was...
THE RANDY LERNER STORY: 'Own Is Not a Verb . . .You Can't Go in and Own All Day' VILLA AND EUROPE
In 1983, two of the top ten teams in the world were Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa. He followed the progress of all three and knew much about Villa because, the year before, they won the European Cup with a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich...
Use Your Brain and Mind Your Health
People should take greater steps to keep their minds active instead of just focusing on their physical health, experts said. At the start of National Brain Fitness Week today, researchers said those in their 70s who took up crosswords could help...
Warwickshire Keep Alive Treble Dream
Warwickshire recorded the two wins they needed to remain in contention for a Midland League double. The firsts and seconds swept aside Shropshire & Herefordshire by substantial margins, to keep alive the possibility of three trophies in the...
Why Warman Hates Celebrity; MEDIA & MARKETING ITV Central Presenter Bob Warman Has Been a Guest in the Front Rooms of Midlands Homes for Decades. Here He Talks about Bending the Rules, Ratings, Trust, Technology, Shyness and More
How important is the onscreen chemistry between the two programme anchors? I'm often asked "why does it take two news presenters?" Why indeed? It doesn't take two people at the other end of the phone, talking to you in alternate sentences. Or over...
Wind Farms' Blades Cut Up Community
Byline: By Scott Malone Special Correspondent From the front of the Flat Rock Inn, a restaurant and camping centre on a gravel road, owner Gordon Yancey can see more than 100 windmills spinning, part of the electricity-generating wind farm that...
Winson Green Labelled as 'Corrupt'
Birmingham Prison is among at least seven jails in England which have "sizeable corruption problems", according to a leaked report. The investigation into the Prison Service, details of which first emerged in July, also reveals more than 1,000 prison...
Young Execs Want Elected Mayor for 'Decisive' Leadership
Young business executives are overwhelmingly backing calls for Birmingham to be run by a directly-elected mayor. An e-poll by Birmingham Forward resulted in 66 per cent of respondents backing plans for an American-style city boss. Only 30 of the...