The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from October 11, 2007

A1 Stainless Fabrications Underground Deal
A1 Stainless Fabrications already has orders for new steel seat frames and aluminium body panels for Underground rail carriages to replace those destroyed in the 7/7 bomb attacks on the Central and Piccadilly lines. And now it is making parts for...
Accused Terror Trainer Admits Soliciting Murder
The alleged leader of a group accused of links to terrorist training camps attended by some of the 21/7 bombers has admitted soliciting murder, it emerged yesterday. Atilla Ahmet was the emir, or leader, of five men who went on trial yesterday accused...
Bidders Still in Line to Buy Two Factories, Airbus Insists; AVIATION
European plane manufacturer Airbus yesterday insisted that it still has at least two active bids for each factory it is selling in a major restructuring to improve its finances. The EADS-owned company moved to counter concerns over its restructuring...
Big 'Spike' in Midland Firms Going under; INSOLVENCY
The London region has again been hit hard by increases in businesses going under, according to new figures from information specialist Equifax. But a rise in third quarter failures was not confined to the capital. Both the East and West Midlands...
Brown Bloodied in Commons Beating
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER PARLIAMENTARY SKETCH Oh dear. Blood on the carpet doesn't begin to describe it. There was blood on the walls and the ceiling too. The red stuff was flowing freely in the House of Commons yesterday. The victim, m'lud,...
Brown Hits out at Insurers over Flood Risk Homes; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Gordon Brown has hit out at insurers threatening to boycott homes at high risk of flooding. The Government came under fire yesterday from the Association of British Insurers, who claimed Ministers were...
Brown's Rules May Be Breached by Darling, Say Fiscal Experts; ECONOMY
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Plans to step up Government borrowing to replace weakening tax revenues implicit in the Chancellor's pre-Budget Report on Tuesday risk breaching the fiscal rules devised by Prime Minister Gordon Brown...
Burning Desire to Get Rid of Red Tape
Britain's top policeman attacked the "ridiculous" levels of bureaucracy faced by officers yesterday and called for a "bonfire" of unnecessary regulations. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair also revealed that from this month all adults...
Cadbury All Set to Spin off Valuable US Drinks Firms; RETAIL
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Cadbury Schweppes has decided to spin off its valuable American beverages operation, which it failed to sell earlier this year as a separate US company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Shareholders...
Camp Hill Railway Line Could Be Opened Again
Byline: By Tom Scotney Campaigners presented a 1,500-name petition to Birmingham City Council calling for the reopening of the old Camp Hill railway line. They say using the line, which could mean stations in Kings Heath, Moseley, Stirchley and...
Carphone Warehouse a Winner; TECHNOLOGY
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor Carphone Warehouse yesterday beat forecasts with a 19.2 per cent rise in quarterly mobile phone connections. The group said it was confident on the full-year outlook, adding that growth in the second...
Cash Row Hits Flood Victims
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi A high-stakes battle between insurance companies and Government is threatening to leave hundreds of thousands of Midland homeowners without house cover. After a summer of devastating floods, residents in high risk areas...
Cricket: Series Win Ends Asian Drought for England; COLOMBO (Sri Lanka Won Toss): England Defeated Sri Lanka by Five Wickets
Byline: By Myles Hodgson in Colombo James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen rediscovered top form to guide England to an historic one-day series victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium here last night. Seam bowler Anderson...
Cricket: Smith and Kallis Build on South Africa's Lead
Captain Graeme Smith led the way as South Africa built a formidable second-innings lead on the third day of the second and final Test matach against Pakistan at Lahore yesterday. Smith (75 not out) and Jacques Kallis (37no) shared an unbroken third-wicket...
Culture Cinema: There's a Rat in le Kitchen; Mike Davies Reviews the Week's New Cinema Releases
Byline: Mike Davies RATATOUILLE CERT U 111 MINS **** Don't be put off by the UK version having Jamie Oliver's big-screen debut voicing a morose restaurant inspector, the latest from Pixar and Oscar winning writer-director Brad Bird is a...
Cunard Building New Queen Elizabeth
Shipping company Cunard is to build a new 92,000-ton liner to be called Queen Elizabeth, it was announced yesterday. The 2,092-passenger vessel will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and will enter service in autumn 2010. Cunard said the...
Daw Mill Gets Big Share of Giant Eon Contract; MINING
Daw Mill colliery near Coventry is to get the major share of a pounds 250 million contract to supply coal to power generator Eon. The pit, Europe's biggest remaining deep mine, will account for 75 per cent of the six million tonnes of coal to be...
Diana Witness Tells of Photographers Being on Death Car
Witnesses to the immediate aftermath of the crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales gave their accounts of the scene yesterday. Ana Simao told how photographers were "on the car" as she and Antonio Lopes-Borges arrived at the scene, among the...
Driver Walks Free from Court after Crash Which Killed Four Teenage Friends
A young driver walked free from court yesterday after being found not guilty of causing the deaths of four teenage friends by dangerous driving. Craig Ramshaw (18) was given a two-year conditional discharge after being convicted of careless driving...
Even Weaker Market in West Midlands; HOUSING
Byline: By John Cranage The Northern Rock crisis and the arrival of controversial Home Information Packs has resulted in the West Midland housing market weakening further, with demand for homes falling and supply shortages setting in. The latest...
Ex Cathedra Launches New Season with Spirit of the Age; Ex Cathedra's Jeffrey Skidmore Talks to Terry Grimley about the Group's Return to the Town Hall
Byline: Jeffrey Skidmore Ex Cathedra launches its new season and makes its debut as one of the Town Hall's new artists-in-residence on Sunday afternoon, with a concert reflecting Birmingham's choral tradition. Called Spirit of the Age, it features...
Experian Disappoints over Challenge; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Midlands credit checking group Experian disappointed the City yesterday after it warned of increasingly challenging market conditions in the United States and the UK. Tough conditions in the financial services sector and the collapse of the sub-prime...
Flocking to the Best Hostelry after a Hard Day in the Gardens; AGENDA
Byline: CHRIS UPTON When we first moved to Birmingham back in 1980 there was one natural phenomenon which used to take our breath away. Every evening, just as the sun was setting, enormous dark clouds would appear over the skies of the city centre....
Flying B Deal Gets Bentley Bonnet Past Hi-Finish Line
Byline: By John Revill Manufacturing Editor Bentley's famous Flying-B bonnet ornament is being produced by a Birmingham manufacturer. A commitment to quality and versatility has helped Hi-Finish Casting clinch a deal to make the part which will...
Football: Barry's England Dreams Alive
Byline: By Lisa Smith Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry thought his England career was over after almost seven years in the international wilderness - yet now he is gearing up for what he describes as "the biggest game of my career." The 26-year-old...
Football: Black Targeted by Lions
Byline: By Ged Scott Birmingham City last night suffered a new potentially worrying spin-off to the insecurity over Steve Bruce's future when they found his No 2 Eric Black linked with the managerial vacancy at League One bottom club Millwall. ...
Football: Chasetown in Role Reversal Mode as Giant-Killers Loom; FA CUP
Byline: By Colin Stoner Rainworth Miners Welfare fit into the category of 'big' names only by virtue of the number of characters in their title. But Chasetown manager Charlie Blakemore stressed the Scholars must treat their FA Cup opponents with...
Football: Laursen Still Enjoying His Champagne Moments
Byline: By Lisa Smith His champagne collection would rival any French chateau's cellar, so many Man of the Match accolades has he won in recent weeks, but Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen says the biggest compliment to the way he is playing comes...
Football: Mr Coventry in Charge of Sky Blues
Byline: By Ged Scott Coventry City have been subjected to yet more off-the-field turbulence following the resignation of acting chairman Geoffrey Robinson. Following Friday's unexpected resignation of frustrated managing director Paul Fletcher,...
Football: One-Day Triumph for Gutsy Tourists
Captain Paul Collingwood admitted he was "very proud" after his young England side won a one-day series in Sri Lanka for the first time. Last night's five-wicket victory at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium secured the series win and England's first major...
Football: 'Remarkable' Robinson Secures Half-Century
Byline: By Andrew Baldock in Paris England coach Brian Ashton has led the tributes to Jason Robinson, after handing him his 50th cap in a World Cup semi-final. Robinson, in keeping with tradition for England players who reach the half-century...
Football: West Looks to Past Exploits to Inspire Robins for Upset
Paul West is a football manager who is always looking forward but Evesham United's past exploits will be just as important to their psyche ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie against Halesowen Town. The Robins stand 90 minutes from progressing to the...
Get off the Sofa, Fatty, and Stop Moaning; AGENDA
Byline: EMMA BRADY When Jasper Carrott made observations on the excuses "fatties" give for their expanding waistlines, it was an uncomfortable, rather than an inconvenient, truth. "They say 'It's my glands, it's my hormones', no it's the immense...
Glitterati Have Designs on Who's Who of Top Togs
Byline: By Tom Scotney London, Paris, Milan... Birmingham? In one of the top fashion nights of the year, celebrities, sportsmen and the generally wealthy mingled in the aisles of Harvey Nichols, for the store's annual show. The evening - a...
Golf: Rose Makes a World of Difference
Byline: By Mark Garrod Colin Montgomerie paid Justin Rose a huge compliment on the eve of the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. "Our Ryder Cup team next year would be weaker without him," said Montgomerie last night. "There is...
Golf: Webster and Rock Look to Cash in on Absences
Byline: By Ged Scott Only five events remain of the 2007 European Tour golf season - and there is plenty left still to play for. For Europe's big shots, Wentworth is the place to be this week as the already rich and privileged take up their special...
Gosden's Star Is Still Heading for Doncaster Bid
Raven's Pass features among 63 horses still engaged in the Racing Post Trophy after the latest forfeit stage for the Doncaster showpiece. John Gosden's exciting colt was last seen winning the Solario Stakes by an emphatic seven lengths from Brian...
If You're Looking for Easy Answers for Success, You're out of Luck
Byline: DAVID WRIGHT I'm often asked 'what differentiates the good manufacturers from the bad, or the successful from the unsuccessful?' I usually answer this with a question, and that question is normally 'how long have you got'? I believe that...
Industrialist Slams PBR Attitude over Small Firms; ECONOMICS
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Birmingham industrialist Peter Wall has slammed the Government for its attitude to small firms. He hit out at Chancellor Alistair Darling yesterday, incensed at the way the SME sector had been treated in...
Industry Tax Pays for Transport
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor New taxes on industry could allow West Midland authorities to raise essential funding for public transport, the Minister for the West Midlands said yesterday. Liam Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill) urged councils...
Insurance Means Trust - Not Being Held to Ransom; AGENDA
Insurance is a form of gambling, but like most gambling it's not really a game of chance. The house always wins. Customers take out insurance on the grounds they may, one day, need to make a claim, and when that day comes they will be glad they...
Interrogated Burmese Activist 'Dies in Detention' INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Jeff Root A Burma opposition party member died during interrogation and two activists were arrested, an exiled political group claimed last night. Security officers have also been threatening dissidents' relatives and neighbours in...
It's Change of Pace That Matters; AGENDA
Byline: GEOFF PERC On Saturday the speculation finally ended with Gordon Brown deciding not to go to the polls. There's been plenty of talk from both sides in recent weeks, but for all the hot air we've learned something important about where the...
Just See Anna's Ambition Drive Dudley Firm Forward
A string of high profile contract wins has proved a perfect fourth anniversary present for one of the UK's youngest managing directors. Anna Stevenson, who started Millennium Pressed Metal after completing an A-Level feasibility study in 2003, has...
Labour Did Not Steal Tory Policies, Says Chancellor; POLITICS
Chancellor Alistair Darling yesterday rejected claims that he had stolen Conservative policy proposals in his mini-Budget as he insisted he had set out a "long-term" vision for the country. Mr Darling said he had been working on the changes that...
Letter: The Post Office Should Be a Social Service; AGENDA
Byline: Dr HENRY WARSON Dear Editor, A few months ago I wrote to the Birmingham Post Office complaining about letters arriving after 11.30am. I had a reply from the Customer Service advisor in Glasgow. The letter had some desired effect in that...
Magistrate Sues Daughter-in-Law for Slander over Assault Claim
A magistrate sued his daughter-in-law for slander and libel yesterday over a claim that he assaulted her and his baby grandson. JP Richard Westcott says that Dr Sarah Westcott, the estranged wife of his son Edward, defamed him when she telephoned...
Making a Better West Midlands; as Manufacturing Changes, So Must Its Workforce, Explains John Adams, Skills Development Manager at LSC West Midlands
Byline: John Adams It is no secret that the manufacturing industry in the West Midlands is contracting and in recent years tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in the region. But few people appreciate the extent of the changes taking place...
Midlands Misses out on New Wildcat Postal Strikes
Byline: By Tom Scotney Wildcat strikes broke out yesterday among Royal Mail workers going back to their jobs after an official strike over jobs, pay and pensions ended. Workers in some parts of the country carried out unofficial strikes in protest...
Mistress of Judge Walks out of Inquest
The mistress of a judge who was killed in a fireball in his garden shed dramatically walked out of an inquest as she gave evidence yesterday. Kerry Sparrow claimed she was heavily tranquillised when she gave a statement to the police. She told the...
Motor Racing: Jordan Looking for Smashing Experience as Champion; MOTORSPORT
Mike Jordan left finals day of the British Touring Car Championship last year in an ambulance. This year, he hopes to return from Thruxton in rude health as a champion. The Lichfield-based Team Eurotech driver heads to Thruxton for the 2007 season...
Parents Sent Home with Wrong Babies in Hospital Blunder; INTERNATIONAL
Two new mothers sent home with each other's baby, which they raised as their own for months, were yesterday still waiting for an explanation from the hospital. As police were called in to investigate the Czech clinic in Trebic, 100 miles from Prague,...
Parents Talk of How Half a Brazil Nut Killed Son
The parents of a 13-year-old boy who died from a massive allergic reaction after eating only half of a Brazil nut yesterday spoke of their grief and shock at his death. An inquest heard that Karim Oughton had eaten the nut after he had gone to the...
Paying for Public Transport Failings Is Not the Answer; AGENDA Prof Alan Wenban-Smith Was at Birmingham City University This Week at an Event Marking 50 Years of Planning Education. Here, He Explains That Congestion Charging Might Not Be the Answer to Transport Problems
Byline: Prof Alan Wenban-Smith Ten years ago transport was hot news. Every weekend the Sunday newspapers would have spreads explaining how total gridlock was about to occur; road and airport expansion plans drew massive protests and the botched...
Pensioners Unlock Record Equity from Their Homes; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Byline: By Nicky Burridge and John Duckers The amount of money retired homeowners are unlocking from their property has soared by 26 per cent during the past year to break through the pounds 1 billion barrier, it was claimed yesterday. More than...
Priest Who Helped Dirty War Torturers Is Jailed for Life; INTERNATIONAL
The first Roman Catholic priest to be charged for killings and kidnappings under Argentina's former dictatorship has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The conviction marks the end of a trial that turned the spotlight on the church's...
Product Safety: Don't Let a Crisis Turn into a Disaster; So Says Sean Elson, Regulatory Lawyer at Pinsent Masons
Byline: Sean Elson High-profile product recalls and prosecutions are timely reminders of the importance of product safety. To avoid problems business needs to ensure quality control systems are effective when producing, processing or purchasing...
Pumas Winger Says 'Bok Arrogance Is Big Weakness
Byline: By Alex Lowe in Paris Argentina winger Ignacio Corleto has lit the fuse before Sunday's semi-final by labelling South Africa arrogant - and is determined to put the 'Boks in their place. South African centre Jaque Fourie last week said...
Record Year for Knight Frank Investment Team; COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Byline: By Steve Pain Commercial Property Editor Knight Frank's Birmingham investment team has posted a record year - clinching deals worth more than pounds 280 million in 2006-07. Highlights of the team's busiest period to date include record...
Region's Auto Industry Has to Avoid China Crisis; Safety Concerns Could Stall Midlands Car Makers' Plans to Align Their Business with the Growing Far East Economy
China's growing role as low-cost supplier of preference to the world's automotive sector could expose manufacturers in the West to costly and reputation-wrecking legal action, according to a leading commercial litigation lawyer. Stephen Barker,...
Resolution Rejects Pearl's Pounds 4.5bn Takeover Offer; ACQUISITION
Life insurer Resolution - which grew out of Birmingham-based Britannic - last night rejected a takeover approach from rival Pearl that valued it around pounds 4.5 billion. Resolution said in a statement that Pearl had put forward a possible offer...
REVIEWS: A Real Legend Live on Stage; Dr Doolittle Wolverhampton Grand Theatre ****
Byline: David Faers It's not every day that you get to see a song and dance legend live on stage. But there he was, Tommy Steele, filling the big screen shoes of Rex Harrison as family favourite Dr Doolittle. The warmth of the applause that greeted...
REVIEWS: Truly Engaging Piece of Theatre; Flight Path the Door ****
Byline: Fiona Ferguson Flight Path is the latest offering from the pen of rising talent David Watson, in a production from Out of Joint touring theatre. The story centres around 18 year-old Jonathan, grappling with an errant father, a strung-out...
Rock Rolls Ahead to Lead Investors a Dance; MARKET REPORT
The FTSE 100 Index yesterday held firm above the 6,600 mark, led by another surge for banking group Northern Rock. Shares in the crisis-hit mortgage lender leapt by almost a third after it emerged that a Monaco-based hedge fund had built up a four...
Rugby Union: Gomarsall Cited as Key for Ellis; RUGBY: WORLD CUP
Byline: By Steve Douglas in Marcoussis The success of Jonny Wilkinson's newly-forged combination with scrum-half Andy Gomarsall has been the driving force behind England's World Cup resurgence, according to France defence coach David Ellis. The...
Sainsbury's Sales Show Slowdown; RETAIL
Byline: By Joanna Geary Business Staff Supermarket group Sainsbury's has reported a slowdown in sales growth. The company, currently a takeover target for Qatari-backed Delta Two, said like-for-like sales in the three months to October 6 rose by...
Scrum Down to Get to Paris to See England Take on French in Key Game
Trains and boats and planes are set to be packed this weekend as rugby fans snap up the last available travel places to Paris for the France- England World Cup semi-final. Cross-Channel ferry companies, airlines and Channel Tunnel high-speed train...
Sex Case Tennis Coach Wore Girl Pupil's Knickers
A tennis coach accused of having a sexual relationship with her 13-year-old pupil yesterday admitted wearing the child's knickers. Liverpool Crown Court heard that when police searched Claire Lyte's home they discovered the pink underwear in a gift...
The Bind That Has Kept an Army of Solicitors Well Fed for Years
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Chancellors come, Chancellors go, but none has found a way to repeal the iron law of unintended consequences. Alistair Darling may have thought he had been clever, finding a way to trump the Conservative play on inheritance...
Tories Sound Alert over Nuclear Terrorism
An international treaty which allows any nation to develop its own civil nuclear power programme should be reviewed to prevent nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists, shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said yesterday. Nuclear terrorism...
Trading Overseas May Not Always Be Plain Sailing
It's not uncommon for UK companies to place orders for large quantities of basic components with overseas manufacturers in the expectation of making savings even after delivery costs are factored in. The decision-making process appears reasonably...
True Grit and Tenacity; as Key Sector Survives and Thrives the Pumping Heart of Midlands Manufacturing Is Still Pumping Away Insists Investment Expert Andy Lyndon Explains
Byline: Andy Lyndon Once the manufacturing heartland of Britain, the Midlands has seen substantial changes but, with world-famous resilience, the industry has fought back and is now stronger than ever. That confident assessment comes from Andy...
Turner Goes to School in Building for the Future; CONSTRUCTION
Construction and management consultant Turner & Townsend has secured the role of procurement management advisor to Sandwell Council's pounds 425 million Building Schools for the Future programme. The company is already lead technical advisor...
Unashamed Celebration of Illustrious History; Christopher Morley Looks Forward with Relish to a Programme Reflecting on Great Composers from the Town Hall's Past
Byline: Christopher Morley After its spectacular and triumphant restoration and refurbishment, Birmingham Town Hall welcomes the return of city organist Thomas Trotter to its spick and span organ-loft with a double-helping of performances on Wednesday....
We Were Kept in Dark on Trust's A&E Service Plans; HEATH
Byline: By Emma Brady Health Correspondent A team of independent experts was left in no doubt yesterday of the strength of feeling against a Birmingham hospital trust's plans to downgrade its A&E services. Seven members of the Independent...
Whole Class Suspended after 'Riot' Clip on YouTube
An entire class of 16 and 17-year-olds was suspended from a further education college after a clip of them misbehaving ended up on YouTube. The footage, which was taken covertly by a student at Central Sussex College in Crawley, West Sussex, shows...
Widower Sues GP Who Missed Fatal Breast Cancer
A GP who did not diagnose breast cancer in a woman who subsequently died from the disease is being sued by her widower for pounds 680,000. Martin Adshead, 32, is claiming the damages because he alleges that Dr Sarah Tottle failed in her duty to...