The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from March 11, 2008

A Buzz Surrounds a Vital and Bold Initiative; AGENDA
Byline: ALEX BISHOP This is an exciting time to live and work in Birmingham. We finally have the finance in place for the New Street Gateway Project. A planning application is now in for the runway extension at Birmingham International Airport which...
A Common Struggle for Fine Ideals
Byline: MICHAEL CASHMAN Saturday marked International Women's Day, a date celebrated by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. It's an occasion...
Balti Belt the Parking Fine Capital of Birmingham
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Traffic wardens patrolling Birmingham's controversial Stratford Road red route issued almost 7,000 parking tickets in 10 months, generating pounds 400,000 for the city council. The largest number of...
Banking on Clearer Vision for Future of Chamber TV
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor The Black Country Reinvestment Society - a Dudley-based financing organisation - has joined forces with HSBC and Birminghambased accountants and business advisors MGI Wenham Major to clinch funding for the...
Barclays Boss in Dudley to See Work in Action
A life of privileges is to be expected for men like Gary Hoffman, Barclays Group vice chairman. His life in banking is a far cry from families who use centres in Dudley. But when two worlds meet there are often many similarities. Gary Hoffman...
Browsing a Tangled Web Should Belong to the Past
Microsoft has given testers their first glimpse of its next-generation web browser - and said Internet Explorer 8 will adhere to the same standards as competitors' programmes. Microsoft's browsers, including the current Internet Explorer 7, gained...
Champions League Is the Ambition for Birmingham
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor Birmingham is fielding its first XI at MIPIM, the world's biggest property conference and exhibition, which takes place at Cannes in France from today to Friday, March 14. Eleven of the top developers...
Chancellor Beset by Doom and Gloom Indicators; ECONOMICS
Byline: By John Cranage Business Staff Chancellor Alistair Darling was hit by negative economic indicators yesterday ahead of his first Budget. It emerged not only are manufacturers' cost rising at the fastest rate since 1986 while factory gate...
Chancellor Must Redeem Himself with New Budget; ECONOMICS
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Chancellor Alistair Darling has a last chance to redeem himself in tomorrow's Budget, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has warned. But to do so he has to produce a substantial tax shift in favour...
Change Is Afoot in UK Pensions - Will Personal Accounts Win Gold in 2012? It's Official; the Basis for the Provision of Pension Savings for UK Employees Will Be Changing from 2012. Tony Cairns, from Hewitt Associates' Corporate Advisory Team Looks at the Possible Impact
Byline: Tony Cairns A new national system of personal accounts for retirement saving is to be introduced for all employees aged 22 or more. The total contributions to these personal accounts must be equal to at least eight per cent of the employee's...
Children's Home Accused of Breaching Human Rights
The discipline system at a secure children's home was in breach of their human rights and amounted to unlawful imprisonment, a tribunal heard yesterday. Under the "grand prix" system in force at Greenfields secure unit in Jersey, solitary confinement...
City Council Will Hit Targets Set by Whitehall Soon
Three-quarters of Government performance targets are on course to be met or exceeded by Birmingham City Council, raising hopes that the local authority will reach an excellence rating within the next three years. Data covering the first nine months...
Confidence of Wales Can Bring Grand Slam - Byrne
Byline: By Richard Thomas Lee Byrne says confident Wales will not allow themselves to let the grand slam slip from their grasp against France in Cardiff on Saturday. The 27-year-old Osprey full back, an impressive ever-present this tournament,...
Corporation Tax Receipts Expected to Fall; BUDGET PREVIEW
As Chancellor Alistair Darling prepares to deliver his first Budget, his estimates for growth and taxation will be keenly anticipated. Nigel Pickard, partner and head of tax at Deloitte in Birmingham, said the economic backdrop to the Budget was...
Cost of 'Illegal' Iraq War and Afghan Conflict Is Doubling
The cost of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq this year has almost doubled to more than pounds 3 billion, MPs warned yesterday. The Commons Defence Committee said operational costs for the financial year were forecast to reach pounds 3.297...
Cricket: Attack the Only Game We Know - Bracewell
Byline: By Myles Hodgson in Wellington New Zealand are vowing to continue playing attacking cricket rather than protect their 1-0 advantage as they attempt to complete a shock Test series triumph over England. Despite having played only eight...
Cricket: Kick England out of Comfort Zone
Byline: PAT MURPHY No cricketer has ever maintained the standards necessary to prosper in the international game by sitting at home or working out in the gym. You keep up to the mark by replicating what's needed out in the middle. That simple...
Cricket: Struggling Harmison 'Was Ready' for Battle
Byline: By Myles Hodgson in Wellington Peter Moores has insisted England's preparation is not to blame for Steve Harmison's struggles during the dismal opening Test defeat by New Zealand. The England coach has begun the post-mortem into the 189-run...
Crooked Businessmen Jailed for Simple Pounds 15m Cheque Fraud
A gang of crooked businessmen, who used a "flaw in the system" to steal more than pounds 15 million from NatWest, were jailed yesterday. Following its takeover by the Royal Bank of Scotland they realised they could pay in worthless cheques and pocket...
Culture: Art Making Inroads into the Business Community; Visual Arts
Arts & Business is launching a new service for the region's business community to help them gain maximum advantage from the burgeoning contemporary art market. The Visual programme launches with a high-profile exhibition at Target follow's newly...
Culture: Land of the Rising Fun; Visual Arts Terry Grimley Enjoys the Humour in an Exhibition of New Japanese Art in Wolverhampton
Byline: Terry Grimley Between them, Paris and New York dominated the history of art in the 20th century, but at the beginning of the 21st there is no single dominant focus. Instead the international art world is more geographically and stylistically...
Deal or No Deal? the Role of Pensions in the M&A Market
A number of very large and high profile transactions hit the headlines last year - many involving private equity companies bidding for well-known FTSE100 or household names. At the same time, we continued to witness an evolution in the behaviour...
Decade of Pensions Turmoil: Where Will It All End? the UK Defined Benefit (DB) Pensions Market Has Embraced Huge Changes over the Last 10 Years. Birmingham-Based Michael Clare, Head of Hewitt Associates' UK Pensions Business, Looks at the Impact of These Changes and Where Organisations Can Go from Here
Byline: Michael Clare DB pension schemes (also known as final salary schemes) have faced a barrage of challenges over the last 10 years: repeated changes to legislation and accounting practices, poor investment returns that have been compounded...
Defined Contribution Pension Provision Comes of Age; the Landscape of Private Sector UK Pension Provision Has Changed over the Last Few Years, According to John Foster, Defined Contribution Pensions Specialist in Hewitt Associates' Corporate Advisory Team
Byline: John Foster The UK's private sector pensions landscape was once dominated by defined benefit (DB) pension schemes providing for a particular level of pension based on an employee's salary and service (also known as final salary schemes)....
Diana Photographer Only Doing His Job, Inquest Hears
A paparazzo who took photographs while Diana, Princess of Wales lay dying in a car wreck told police: "I was doing my job." Fifteen photographers were arrested, including seven at the scene of the crash in the Alma Tunnel in Paris in August 1997....
Directors Could Be Liable for Cyber Damage
Cyber risks could be the next big trigger for lawsuits against directors, according to experts at specialist firm Aon. It says that directors could be held responsible for loss to companies and their shareholders if they fail their duty of care...
Father Drove at 101mph While Children Hung out of Windows
A driver who sped at 101mph with two children hanging out of the windows of his powerful car while they were not wearing seat belts was banned from the road for a month. Colin Goodall was caught out by a mobile speed camera positioned on the A189...
Football: Blatter's Interfering Comments Irritate an Open Wound; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Rob Tanner Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has expressed his disappointment after the controversy over the Martin Taylor tackle on Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva was dragged up again over the weekend. The Blues boss has become...
Football: 'Cross Words' Reveal Depth of Passion at Wolves; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP: PRESTON NORTH END V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (Deepdale, 7.45pm)
Byline: By Rob Tanner If Preston North End score an equaliser deep in added time against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Deepdale tonight, don't be surprised if there are raised voices coming from the away dressing room. Manager Mick McCarthy clashed...
Football: Money Any No Illusions as Walsall Punch above Their Weight; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE: WALSALL V BRIGHTON (Banks's Stadium, 7.45pm)
Byline: Rob Tanner Walsall manager Richard Money is looking for a positive response from his players tonight after the disappointment of Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Northampton Town, writes Rob Tanner. In-form Brighton are the visitors and...
Football: Pompey Albion's Bonus Ball
Byline: By James Peacock Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth stand in the way of West Bromwich Albion and a place in the final of the FA Cup. If the Baggies overcome that, albeit sizeable, obstacle on the first weekend of April, an arguably lesser one...
Football: Travel Sick Sky Blues Look to Cut out 'Stupid Goals' COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP: SHEFFIELD UNITED V COVENTRY CITY (Bramall Lane, 7.45pm)
Byline: By James Peacock Five clean sheets in a row at home in the Championship and seven successive defeats on the road largely explain where Coventry City's troubles have lain in recent weeks. New manager Chris Coleman is responsible for more...
Football: Villa Reach the Defining Moment of Their Season
Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has backed manager Martin O'Neill's call to arms as the team prepare for what could be considered the "do or die" week of their season. Villa face two matches in three days after their recently enforced break...
Goa Victim's Accused 'May Not Be Right Man'
A 28-year-old man appeared in court yesterday in connection with the rape and murder of a British teenager in Goa. Samson D'Souza was detained after witnesses alleged they saw him raping 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling on a beach in the resort of Anjuna...
Going Green Turns Exhibitors off Technology Fair
Europe's biggest information technology fair went green this year. The problem was that there weren't many people around to notice. CeBIT 2008 was a slimmed-down, serious affair, cut back to six days from seven. Formerly sprawling exhibits were...
Goodbye Final Salary Schemes? the Buyout Market, for Securing the Benefits in Final Salary Pension Schemes with an Insurance Company, Remains High Profile in 2008. Dominic Grimley Manages the Hewitt Associates' Buyout Team in the Birmingham Office
Byline: Dominic Grimley Buyout prices keep falling. High yields on corporate debt, one of the main asset classes for an insurance company looking to buy out pension benefits, and strong competitive pressure from new entrants keen to build their...
Horse Racing: Noland Looks Supreme; ARKLE TROPHY
Byline: By Thomas Deane and Keith Hamer Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is full of confidence ahead of Noland's assault on the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham. The seven-year-old won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle two years ago and will...
Horse Racing: Sizing Bids to Measure Up to Task; CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: SMURFIT KAPPA CHAMPION HURDLE
Byline: By Keith Hamer and Thomas Deane All Henry De Bromhead asks for now is "luck in running" for Sizing Europe as his stable star bids to justify favouritism in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham today. The six-year-old has been...
Housebuilder Demands BoE Rate Reduction; CONSTRUCTION
Byline: By Tom Scotney Business Staff Bovis Homes Group called for action on interest rates yesterday, saying if cuts were not made, housing volumes would be below the level needed. It said unless "decisive action" was taken, new house numbers...
Hunt Organisers Told to Put Their Dogs on Leads
Byline: By Emma Brady They are used to jumping hedges and barriers to keep up the pursuit with their hounds. Now the North Shropshire Hunt is hoping to overcome another hurdle - a law requiring dogs on public roads to be on leads. The hunt...
I'm Not Laughing after Falling Foul of Email Marketing Ploy
Byline: CHRIS TOMLINSON Last week, after booking a table at Jongleurs, I received an email from the comedy club chain. Rather than the booking confirmation I was expecting, it was a booking offer for significantly less than I had just paid. I...
Injury-Hit Lambs Search for Keeper; NON LEAGUE
Byline: Colin Stoner Tamworth will be searching for their sixth different No 1 this season after being left with a goalkeeper crisis ahead of tonight's Blue Square North clash with Redditch United, writes Colin Stoner. Teenager Elliott Jones...
Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch? the Volatility of Investment Markets in Recent Months Has Been a Timely Reminder of the Benefits of a Well Diversified Asset Portfolio. Andrew Fellows and Mike Johnson, of Hewitt Associates' Investment Consulting Team in Birmingham, Consider the Advantages of Diversification, along with Some of the Difficulties It Can Bring
Byline: Andrew Fellows and Mike Johnson The benefits of diversification are widely accepted - by not putting all your eggs in one basket, there is the opportunity for investors to reduce risk without impacting the expected return of a given investment...
January Retail Boom over as Shoppers Tighten Their Belts; RETAIL
The picture was looking grim for retailers as recession conscious shoppers cut back on spending, figures showed yesterday. A better-than-expected January sales boost hit the buffers, with like-for-like sales in February only 1.5 per cent higher...
Join the Big League by Investing Wisely in the Internet; Chris Stening, Managing Director of EasyNet, Explains How Businesses Can Punch above Their Weight by Using the Internet
One of the great entrepreneurial truths is that the odds of raising first-round venture capital are about the same as getting struck by lightning whilst standing on the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. Most entrepreneurs have to dig, scrape...
Ken Livingstone: 'It Will Be a Disaster If Tranport Projects Fail'
London Mayor Ken Livingstone yesterday launched his transport manifesto for a new mayoral term, saying the capital faced "a disaster" if very large projects went wrong. Battling political opponents including Tory Boris Johnson in the mayoral elections...
Landmark Tower Planned for Pounds 25m NEC Makeover
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor The NEC Arena is to get a landmark tall tower as part of a pounds 25 million makeover. The 28-year-old venue - home to many high profile events including the Horse of the Year Show and Strictly Come...
Let's Have Some Balance Please, Mr Ambassador; AGENDA the Israeli Ambassador Was in Birmingham Recently When He Spoke Powerfully in Defence of His Country, but His Concerns Were Selective and His Agenda Plain, Says Adam Lewitt
Byline: Adam Lewitt In the grand surroundings of the Chamberlain Room of Birmingham Council House, Ron Prosor trenchantly laid out his 'Case for Israel'. The unprecedented achievements of his country are to be admired. The tall beachfront hotels...
Letter: Expensive Waste of Money with No Results
Byline: TIM WELLER Dear Editor, I've just listened to Radio 4's File on 4, about the scandal of our regional development agencies chauffeuring their top people around at taxpayers' expense. One taxi ride cost pounds 395. These chief execs also...
Lievremont Prefers Experience to Youth in Millennium Crunch; RBS SIX NATIONS
Byline: By Steve Douglas in Paris France have gone with their tried and tested players as they look to derail Wales' bid to complete a grand slam on Saturday. After calling on 37 players - including 12 newcomers - in the four Six Nations Championship...
Life Expectancy Another Postcode Lottery? Paul Crocker and Trevor Brooks of Hewitt Associates Look at the Growing Impact of Postcode Analysis on the World of Pensions
Byline: Paul Crocker and Trevor Brooks The "post-code lottery" is a common phrase at the moment. Schools and access to NHS services are just two examples that have made headlines recently. New data on the age at which people are dying means...
Life on the Front Line for Former Solihull Student
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Two years ago, Glenn Clarke was an ordinary pupil at a Solihull school. Today, the 20-year-old is thousands of miles away doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. For the last five months Glenn, pictured,...
Local Presence, Global Essence; Hewitt Associates in Birmingham
Hewitt Associates' 200 strong Birmingham team is located on Colmore Row, at the heart of the city's thriving business centre. Advising on all aspects of pension, benefit and reward issues, the team has grown rapidly over the past 10 years. Tony...
Meade Hopes Muirhead Can Find Appetite for Success; SUPREME NOVICES' HURDLE
Byline: By Keith Hamer and Thomas Deane Noel Meade is hoping Muirhead regains his appetite before the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham today. The Navan trainer is not totally satisfied with the way the five-year-old has...
Minister Hears How City Gun Gangs Exploit the Internet
Byline: By Neil Connor Chief Reporter Home Secretary Jacqui Smith yesterday denied that a police crackdown on gun gangs carried out through Birmingham schools and the internet signalled that a new wave of armed criminals was threatening communities....
'Moses' Jailed for Defrauding Churchgoers out of Millions
A "modern-day Moses" who funded a life of wild extravagance with millions milked from fellow churchgoers was jailed for seven years yesterday. Silver-tongued Lindani Mangena - condemned by the judge as "pitiless and arrogant" - posed as a City high-flyer...
M&S Flies in Face of Good Management Advice; RETAIL
Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose yesterday committed to stay with the retail giant until July 2011. Sir Stuart pledged to remain as he announced a sweeping management overhaul, which will see him move up from chief executive to executive...
New Call to Ban Primary School Homework
Compulsory homework should be scrapped for primary school children amid fears that the pressure to complete assignments makes pupils unhappy, according to teachers. A Royal Commission should be set up to examine why so many children are anxious...
News Bunnies Weather the Not So Perfect Telly Storm; AGENDA
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB As the biggest storm of the winter lashed Britain, the scene from our bedroom window was incredible. The gusts of wind were so strong that an empty crisp packet was picked up and hurled against a hedge. A tiny sparrow was...
Olmert Tells Israeli Army: Cut Back Gaza Airstrikes; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Martin Andrew Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has instructed the army to reduce airstrikes and raids into the Gaza Strip in response to a recent drop in rocket fire from the territory. Defence officials and the Hamas rulers of Gaza...
Passengers Face Rising Fares after BAA Airport Announcement
Passengers at the UK's two biggest airports could face fare rises following a planned announcement today of how much airlines can be charged for using Heathrow and Gatwick. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is expected to announce a big increase...
PC Beshenivsky Killers Admit Stabbing Attack on Prisoner
Two men, one from Birmingham, serving sentences for the murder of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky admitted yesterday they stabbed a fellow prisoner. Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, 27, and Yusuf Abdillh Jamma, 22, who shot the rookie officer during a bungled robbery...
Police Called to Account over Council Tax Increase
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor The chair of a Midland police authority has been summoned to Westminster for a grilling by ministers over plans to increase charges to council tax-payers by 13 per cent. Police Minister Tony McNulty...
POLITICS: Gas Guzzlers and Booze in the Firing Line for Darling
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Alistair Darling is expected to deliver a gloomy prognosis for the economy when he presents his first Budget as Chancellor tomorrow. There will be headline-grabbing measures such as a clampdown on energy...
POLITICS: Male MP Is 'Banned' from Commenting
A Cabinet Minister refused to allow a West Midlands MP to intervene in a Commons debate - because he is a man. Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, pictured, and Labour's deputy leader, clashed with Shropshire MP Mark Pritchard (Con...
Quartet Which Makes an Art out of Longevity; Preview Terry Grimley Looks at the Ongoing Musical Tradition of the Borodin Quartet
Byline: Terry Grimley Formed by four young students at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1945, the Borodin String Quartet is still going strong into its seventh decade. Such longevity makes the Rolling Stones look like beginners, though since Valentin...
Recession Fears Cross Atlantic to Hit FTSE; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
The London market sank more than one per cent yesterday as fears over a US recession and a new record high for oil prices overshadowed trading. Heavily-weighted mining firms led the FTSE 100 Index lower while crude reached a new high of more than...
Region Needs a United Voice to Secure Funding
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Transport improvements will only come to the West Midlands if civic leaders make quick decisions and remain united, the Minister for the region has warned. Liam Byrne yesterday chaired the first West...
Ruddock Looking to Open Doors for Quality No 10s
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Mike Ruddock knows victory over beleaguered Leeds Carnegie this weekend will not only virtually guarantee Worcester's Guinness Premiership future but will provide him with the opportunity to blood the crop...
Rugby Union: Ashton's Focus Proves Faulty
Byline: PAT MURPHY Brian Ashton's ridiculous decision to drop Danny Cipriani from Saturday's Calcutta Cup match for being in a night-club for just six minutes has not harmed the international prospects of the young tyro. But the England coach is...
Rugby Union: Why Bees Must Give No Quarter
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent After watching their side succumb to yet another final-quarter slump, and in doing so haemorrhage yet more precious National One points, Pertemps Bees followers could be forgiven for leaving the final six...
Salary Sacrifice Worth Another Look? Hewitt Associates Consultant Paul Crocker Gives a Timely Reminder about Pension Salary Sacrifice
Byline: Paul Crocker Most companies in the UK with contributory pension arrangements will have considered pension salary sacrifice - or smart pensions - at some point in recent years. Despite the potential tax savings, many organisations put the...
Scudamore's Lucky Fillip for Osana
Tom Scudamore received a good dose of encouragement from a double at Stratford on the eve of what could be the defining moment of his career. The rider successfully teamed up twice with David Pipe, who is also responsible for Osana - the partnership's...
Searching for a Sustainable Approach to Development
The British Property Federation (BPF) will hold the first international sustainability session in Cannes tomorrowas part of the MIPIM property event. And a private meeting will take place todayof leaders from Japan, Germany, Denmark, Finland and...
Sniffer Dog in New Find at Haut De le Garenne Cellar
Byline: By Jack Doyle A specialist sniffer dog searching a cellar at a Jersey children's home gave police a positive "indication" yesterday, a spokesman said. The dog, which is trained to search for blood and human remains, was sent into a second...
Socialist Zapatero Brushes Aside Criticism in Spanish Election; INTERNATIONAL
Prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero won re-election as Spanish voters dismissed worries about a slumping economy, immigration and resurgent Basque separatists to hand him a second term. Many conservatives who considered Mr Zapatero's 2004...
Stobart Keeps on Truckin' with Pounds 70m Twin Purchase; TRANSPORT
The owner of the famous Eddie Stobart haulage firm yesterday unveiled a trio of deals as the expansion of the group gathered pace. Stobart - formed by a merger between ports group Westbury and Eddie Stobart last year - is to buy rival transport firm...
Survey Shows Employers Still Optimistic over Work Market
Despite the national employment outlook showing its weakest level for 15 years, business confidence in the West Midlands remains cautiously optimistic, according to the Manpower Economic Outlook Survey. The survey, a quarterly study of hiring trends...
Tax Changes Would Be a Mistake; BUDGET PREVIEW Business Editor John Duckers Takes a Look at What This Week's Budget Might Bring
Byline: John Duckers Business is calling for a boring Budget from Chancellor Alistair Darling. Fed up of Government foul-ups over the much hated capital gains tax and non-dom changes, it feels badly put upon. No surprises this time, please,...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Anti-Gun Lessons Must Be Learned from Young Age
The Home Secretary faces a difficult task in finding the right level at which to pitch a warning about gun crime in Birmingham. To make the problem sound worse than it really is could harm the city's reputation, but it would be equally foolish to pretend...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Seeing Red
The imposition of red routes in cities is always going to boil down to a trade off between a desire to get traffic moving more quickly and a need to make sure residents can still easily reach local shops and businesses. It is clear that on the A34...
They Will Be Caught between a Northern Rock and a Hard Place
Byline: JOHN DUCKERS The inquiry into the MG Rover crash has been going on for two years, has cost over pounds 11 million and there is still no sign of it being produced. OK, the inspectors have had to trawl through a labyrinth of companies,...
TIC Sets IT Course with New Source of Inspiration
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor Birmingham City University's Technology Innovation Centre - known locally as the TIC - has grasped the IT nettle called open source software. It says that the increasingly allpervasive nature of computing...
Unsigned Talent Chosen to Rock MIPIM Audience
A three-piece Birmingham indie band will have their music promoted on a world stage at MIPIM. Student band The Scholars have released their debut album "Turbulence" and one of the tracks has been chosen as the backing music for a four-minute film...
Villa Ace's Tribute to Courageous Felix
Byline: By Lisa Smith A 14-year-old boy whose life was saved when he was flown to Birmingham from Ghana to receive a kidney donated by his father has been given a massive boost - a visit from one of his Aston Villa heroes. Felix Yeboah touched...
West Midland House Prices Tumble for a Seventh Month; HOUSE PRICES
House prices in the West Midlands fell for the seventh month running in February according to the latest snapshot of the market from the chartered surveyors. The proportion reporting falling prices last month rose to 63 per cent of those surveyed...
Whooping Cough Figures on the Rise
Cases of whooping cough have risen 177 per cent since 2003, figures suggest. Provisional data released by the Department of Health and obtained by the Conservatives showed there were 1,071 cases in England last year. This is up on the 539 cases...
Why Hoteliers Must Hold Their Nerve; HOTELS
Birmingham hotels are likely to experience a slowdown rather than a meltdown in 2008 and 2009, according to accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Its latest Hospitality Directions: UK Hotel Forecast survey suggests that although there will be fallout...