The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from May 8, 2007

Appeal for Coalition as Referendum Ruled out; POLITICS
Nationalists yesterday appealed to the Liberal Democrats to come to the negotiating table in an attempt to form a coalition administration in Scotland. The call came after the Liberal Democrats again ruled out a referendum on independence and said...
Athletics: High-Flying Eruchie Wraps Up Three-Timer
Byline: By Brian Dick Birchfield Harrier Somto Eruchie completed a hat-trick of British University Sports Association titles in Bedford yesterday when he claimed his third 200 metres crown, writes Brian Dick. The Birmingham University undergraduate...
Beam Me Up, Getting Rid of Building Regs Could Spell Disaster
Byline: JOHN REVILL I was at the inaugural Midland Property Awards the other day, listening to an, ahem, an alien. Alright then, not an alien, but John Redwood. Remember him, the former minister whose main claim to fame is described as being...
Bidders Due to Hold Crunch Meetings; AVIATION
Byline: By John Revill The final eight bidders in the running to buy half of Birmingham International Airport are due to hold crunch meetings with the exiting shareholders this week. The companies will submit their outline bids to Macquarie and...
Birmingham Man Wins Bid to Host US Rugby Team; HOTELS
Byline: By John Revill A Birmingham businessman has pulled off a major coup in beating off rival hoteliers to host the United States team during the Rugby World Cup in France this autumn. Stephen Goldstein, chairman of Flowerwalk - the company...
Black Pupils 'Getting Raw Deal in Education'
Schools are failing to do enough to recognise and embrace the racial diversity of their pupils, a charity aimed at improving opportunities for the black community has claimed. As a result, many pupils of African and Caribbean heritage get a raw...
Blair: Sarkozy Is Part of New Generation in Europe; INTERNATIONAL
Prime Minister Tony Blair took to the internet to congratulate Nicolas Sarkozy on winning France's presidential election. He posted a message on video-sharing site YouTube, praising Sarkozy as "a strong leader." Mr Blair said he was confident...
Blues Fans Pay Homage to Bruce and His Boys
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi It was much like any other day in Birmingham city centre. Skaters and Emos hanging about in small groups around St Philip's Place. Shoppers buzzed up and down the escalators in the Bullring. Nothing much out of the ordinary...
Bush Pulls out All the Stops for Queen's Fifth State Visit; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Laura Elston The Queen and President George Bush gathered on the lawn of the White House yesterday as the monarch was officially welcomed to Washington. They stood together for the British and American national anthems, watched by...
CBI Unveils Its Public Service Shake-Up Plan; PUBLIC SERVICES
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff A radical shake-up of public service provision is needed if Britain is to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the CBI has said. The employers' organisation will today publish its five-point plan which...
Changing Young Lives in a Businesslike Fashion
Successful charities are catching on to the fact that to attract lucrative support from the business world means talking the right language. It helps when the charity is run like a business - Thrive speaks to one chief executive who understands...
Colvin Gets Late Chance in Key Clash
Greater Birmingham have called up Moseley winger Carl Colvin for their crunch group match against Shropshire in the RLF North Midlands Championship at Moseley's Billes-ley Common ground tonight (7.30pm). Colvin, a member of Moseley's National One...
Cricket: Foxes Send Yorkshire to First Defeat; TROPHY REVIEW
Yorkshire's unbeaten run under new captain Darren Gough ended with a six-wicket loss to Leicestershire in the Friends Provident Trophy at Headingley yesterday. Jacques Rudolph, the South African, scored 100 out of Yorkshire's 282 for eight but despite...
Cricket: Harvey Hit as England Lure Flower
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer The England and Wales Cricket Board have ruled that Ian Harvey cannot play for Derbyshire as a qualified cricketer until he receives Home Office confirmation of his British citizenship - on the day when...
Cricket: Maddy's Winning Influence; DERBY: Warwickshire (2Pts) Defeated Derbyshire (0) by 26 Runs (D/L Method)
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer How things have changed! This time last year Warwickshire were already facing elimination in this competition having lost two out of three games. Twelve months on they have won three out of three and...
Deals Push Dow to Fifth Record in a Row; SHARE PRICES US Market Report
The Dow closed at a record yesterday for the fifth day in a row, buoyed by Alcoa's EUR27 billion bid for Alcan. Alcoa Inc, the world's largest aluminium company, pushed the Dow and the S&P 500 higher with a gain of 8 per cent, leading the latest...
Donating Via Payroll Is Hassle-Free
Research from Oxfam has found charities are missing out on as much as pounds 159 million a year because workers living in the Midlands do not know about the tax benefits of payroll giving. An Oxfam/YouGov survey has found that a third of workers...
Drawing out the Horror and the Humour
There comes a time when we must put away childish things. Pack away our toys and col- ouring books as we become distracted by the preoccupations of growing up. But not when it comes to comic books. As youngsters, we might have revelled in the anarchy...
End of the Road for 50s Legend?
Byline: By John Cranage Automotive Correspondent One of the legends of the 1950s British car industry looks to have reached the end of road - as the workers who build them go on hunger strike. Industrial disputes in India in 2007 can plumb depths...
Five Britons Dead as Plane Nosedives in Cameroon; INTERNATIONAL
None of the 114 people, including five Britons, aboard a jet survived its crash into a thick mangrove swamp in Cameroon over the weekend, an official said yesterday. Luc Ndjodo, a local government official in charge of the recovery effort, had visited...
Football: Bouma's Grounds for Optimism; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Harry Jack Aston Villa stalwarts of that historic 1982 European Cup win might have been getting the lion's share of the applause at the weekend but it is the club's current crop of young stars who hope to steal the limelight this Sunday....
Football: Celebrating before Hard Work Begins; LEAGUE TWO
Byline: By Ged Scott Walsall manager Richard Money will see the Saddlers lift the League Two trophy on home soil tonight in a considerably better mood than just before the final whistle blew on his promotion-winning side's season at the County Ground...
Football: Class Tells as Sir Alex Wins over Doubters; Radio Five Live's Voice of Sport
Byline: PAT MURPHY First, an apology. In the past this column has been less than gracious towards Sir Alex Ferguson. Not today. His achievement in winning a ninth Premiership title is remarkable and in doing so, he has managed to persuade...
Football: Jubilant Fans Singing the Blues; Brian Dick Keeps an Eye out for Flying Champagne as Promotion Is Celebrated
Byline: Brian Dick As far as the eye could see - blue. The sky, the clothes, the flags and even some faces, it was a veritable rhapsody of blue. In fact the only thing that wasn't blue in Victoria Square yesterday evening was the mood. How the...
Football: Koren Sure Momentum with Albion
Byline: By Harry Jack West Bromwich Albion goalscorer Robert Koren believes his promotion-seeking side can go into their nail-biting play-off encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers knowing they have the momentum to see them through to a prestigious...
Football: McCarthy Hoping for Third Time Lucky after Miserable Play-Offs Run; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ged Scott Mick McCarthy has good cause to dislike play-offs. Twice, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager has been to this stage as a club boss before, with Millwall and Sunderland. Twice he has failed. Then there are his two failures...
Football: Upbeat Flowers Scornful of Dowie Resignation Rumours
Byline: By Brian Dick Tim Flowers has played down suggestions that Coventry City manager Iain Dowie is on the brink of re signing. The Coventry assistant-manager, whose appearance at the post-match press conference following his side's 2-1win...
Forest's Secrets to Be Revealed
Byline: By Amanda Brown An outstanding landscape in the Midlands is to benefit from a multi-million pound package to safeguard some of the country's most precious landscapes. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has allocated pounds 5.5 million to...
Former Speaker 'Will Be Greatly Missed' POLITICS
Former Speaker of the House of Commons Lord Weatherill has died at the age of 86. The peer, who was Speaker between 1983 and 1992 and oversaw the introduction of television cameras to the chamber, passed away on Sunday night after an illness. He...
Google Gets Personal in Global Quest; E-BUSINESS
Byline: By Eric Auchard Special correspondent US firm Google is stepping up efforts to allow its users to personalise how they search the web, moving beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to search it already offers. Officials at Google's Silicon...
Hip, HIPs Hooray for High-Tech VLM; PRINTING
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff A high-tech printing company is more than doubling the size of its workforce after securing a massive slice of the market for the new Home Information Packs which will be required for all house sales after June...
Horse Racing: Classy Cougar Should Roar to Another Success
Byline: By Stable Boy Count Cougar looks primed to grab another success in the betdirectpoker.com 50,000 Freeroll Handicap at Southwell this afternoon. The Simon Griffiths-trained seven-year-old has been a revelation this year, winning four times...
Horse Racing: Pitt's Delighted at Admiral's Draw
Byline: By Tom Peacock and Keith Hamer Tim Pitt is over the moon with Admiral's draw for tomorrow's totesport Chester Cup - but holds concerns as to whether his horse is in the same condition as when he won the marathon last year. John Egan's...
Leaving on a Jet Plane; ANALYSIS Thousands of Midlanders Are Emigrating Each Year but Why Are They Being Pulled Down under? Paul Arthur, of the Emigration Group, Examines Why So Many Are Leaving for a New Life 12,000 Miles Away
Byline: Paul Arthur There are plenty of itchy feet in the Midlands. Government figures show that between 1995 and 2004 a massive 319,700 people left the region to start a new life overseas. Interestingly the number of people leaving the area...
Letter: Lost for Words on Bus; BUSES
Byline: LESLEY HICKMAN Dear Editor, I'd like to write to you and your readers about the West Midlands bus companies who are employing drivers who cannot speak English. What customer service are they providing to their users? Nil. There is more...
Man Spent Everything after Wrong Diagnosis
A grandfather is taking legal action against the NHS after spending all his money when he was told he had months to live - only to learn he had been misdiagnosed. John Brandrick was told he had pancreatic cancer two years ago after scans revealed...
Migrants Say Time to Make Us Legal; POLITICS
Byline: By Martha Linden A mass rally yesterday called for a one-off "earned amnesty" for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the UK. The Strangers Into Citizens campaign was joined by faith leaders, immigrants from across the...
New Online Resource for Companies; E-BUSINESS
Companies in the West Midlands will be able to tap into a new online resource to improve their performance. Business Link West Midlands' website will provide an online, one-stop service for advice and information on improving efficiency, boosting...
Offers Come in for Investment Dar's Stake in Aston Martin; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: By John Revill Manufacturing Editor Kuwaiti finance group Investment Dar has received offers for its half stake in Aston Martin - less than two months after it bought the luxury carmaker. Investment Dar issued a statement to the Kuwaiti...
Pairing to Create Biggest Auction House outside London; PROPERTY
Property consultants Bond Wolfe and Big-wood are to link up to offer 10 auctions a year, making the combined operation the biggest auction house outside of London and one of the largest in the UK. The two firms are to remain steadfastly independent...
Pertemps Lifeline Pushes Right Buttons for Crash IT; E-BUSINESS
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor A Birmingham computer project will continue providing vital support for disadvantaged people after being thrown a lifeline. Crash IT, which helps disabled and disadvantaged people by providing IT training...
'Please Don't Hurt Our Special Girl'
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann last night made a desperate appeal for her abductors not to hurt her. Fighting back tears, Kate McCann begged those holding the "funny and caring" three-year-old girl to let her go free. Speaking inside...
Popular Festival Will Be the Biggest Yet
More new acts have been announced for this year's V Festival in Staffordshire, which organisers claim will be the biggest yet. Mark Ronson, Captain, Mutya Buena, Jesse Malin, Seth Lakeman, Chungking and Lena Rez will join more than 40 acts already...
Quality Mark Pilot Aims to Set Realistic Standard; E-BUSINESS
CDI Group - a 75-strong Birmingham-based network service installation company with major clients including Tussauds Group and Egg - has become the first company in the UK to pilot a scheme to provide technology companies with an independently approved...
Rates Will Inevitably Go Up, but by How Much? There Have Been 58 Increases in Base Rate in the Past 30 Years - Will This Week Bring the Total to 59? the Answer, Says Economist Howard Archer, Is Almost Certainly Yes
Byline: Howard Archer An interest rate hike on Thursday by the Bank of England is inevitable. The only uncertainty is whether the monetary policy committee will go for a 50 basis point rise (to 5.75 per cent) rather than a further 25 basis point...
R&D Tax Breaks a Boost for Smaller Businesses; E-BUSINESS
11th and final budget provided welcome news jyf tax breaks for small to medium-sized businesses. Through his pledge to double investment in science, encourage greater cooperation "between business and universities on high tech projects, and increase...
Retailers Set to Ring Up Extra Pounds 20bn with Virtual Visa; E-BUSINESS
Byline: By Jennifer Hill Special correspondent Europe's fledgling pre-paid card and voucher market could boost online shopping by up to pounds 20 billion a year by removing the threat of fraud, says the chief executive of one of the sector's key...
Rugby Season: A Not-So-Perfect Ten for Cov; Brian Dick Begins His Look Back at the 2006-7 Rugby Season
Byline: Brian Dick Not for the first time, the story of Coventry's season is better illustrated by events off the pitch as on it. All their now-customary mid-table position does is to obscure the huge changes at Butts Park Arena. Ten days before...
Segregated Schools Are 'Ticking Bomb'
Byline: By Tim Ross All-white schools should twin with those dominated by ethnic minorities to promote good race relations, a Government Minister said yesterday. Lessons in all subjects should help teach children to be tolerant and value people...
Sharp Humour with a Warm, Fuzzy Feel; COMEDY REVIEW
Byline: David Faers Uncut Confetti: John Hegley mac **** Going to see John Hegley is a bit like having someone you know round for dinner and then letting them entertain you afterwards in your front room. There's something about his easy-going,...
Shot Police Officer Was Set to Get Highest Honour
Byline: By Emma Brady A West Mercia police officer who was shot dead while responding to a domestic incident in Shrewsbury was due to collect his fifth commendation from the force later this year. Pc Richard Gray's glittering police record was...
Shot Soldier Planned His Own Funeral
Byline: By Emma Pinch A Midland soldier shot dead during clashes in Afghanistan had planned his own funeral before going out, his family revealed yesterday. Guardsman Simon Davison, aged 22, was killed by Taliban forces last Thursday just three...
Simon Died Protecting Mates from the Taliban
Byline: By Emma Pinch Simon Davison was killed defending his Army colleagues from a Taliban attack - typical of his protective nature, his family said yesterday. The 22-year-old from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was shot in the head as...
Six Men Die in Horrific Crash after Stag Party
Byline: By Neil Connor Chief Reporter An horrific crash which resulted in the death of a Warwickshire man and five people who were attending a stag event was described as one of the worst ever on the M25 by a senior police officer yesterday. ...
The Bank of England Celebrates NICE Decade
Byline: By Russell Lynch The Bank of England celebrated the 1 0th anniversary of its independence to set interest rates on Sunday. Experts have labelled the period the "NICE" decade - non-inflationary constant expansion. But that may be coming...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Where Should Lessons Be Taught about Racism?
A lot of soul-searching is taking place in Britain at the moment on the thorny issue of race. If you wanted to trace the root of the current debate, September 11, 2001 would be a good place to start. The events of that day jolted the West out of...
The Grubby Confessions of an Urban Pyromaniac; ANALYSIS
Byline: Richard McComb I have done a very bad thing. After doing it I felt dirty and grubby and had to take a shower. Not all the soapy bubbles of Molton Brown's body wash could cleanse me. The odour of shame lingered. Most worryingly of all,...
Ups and Downs of MPC
The Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) has been responsible for setting interest rates for ten years with a monthly vote of its nine members. These are the key facts on the committee and its decisions: Voting: In 120 meetings, the...
WiFis and the Wherefores of Mobile Radiation Dangers; E-BUSINESS
Byline: CHRIS TOMLINSON Last week, the modern stressed-out parent had WiFi added to the list of things that might kill their children prematurely. I admit that over the last couple of years the world has gone WiFi mad. There are now seemingly...