The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 19, 2007

Aston Tops in Battle of Universities
Byline: By Tom Scotney The battle of Birmingham's universities has intensified after Aston claimed it was now the city's leading higher education establishment. It came after Aston overtook Birmingham University - the city's oldest established...
Athletics: Gardener Reveals Doubts over Euro Participation
Jason Gardener would have withdrawn from the European Indoor Championships if he had not have returned to form at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham. The 31-year-old won the 60metres at the NIA on Saturday in a season's best of 6.57seconds,...
Athletics: Gardener Thankful for Return to Form by Liz Byrnes
Jason Gardener paid tribute to training partners Craig Pickering and Ryan Scott after he returned to form to win the 60 metres title at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday. In other action at the National Indoor Arena, world and...
Athletics: Happy Tobin Targets Europeans
European under-23 champion Robert Tobin claimed victory in the 400m with a time of 46.07secs after Xavier Carter was disqualified for breaking out of his lane too early. Tobin had appeared likely to claim victory, going ahead and then stretching...
Bills Cut as Energy Price War Hots Up
Energy company npower fired the latest shot in the growing energy price war today as it announced cuts in gas and electricity bills for six million domestic customers. The company, owned by German group RWE, said gas prices would fall by 16 per...
Blurring of the Thin Blue Line Dilutes Powers
It is little wonder if the police begin to feel like 'hired muscle' or 'paramilitaries' given that their concerns over their diminishing numbers on the street seem to be coming to fruition. Once the local Bobby was the easily identifiable symbol...
Boxing: Harrison: I'll Be Back; Sprott Flattens Olympic Hero
Byline: By Steve Dickinson at Wembley Arena Audley Harrison refuses to admit his world heavyweight title dream has been shattered beyond repair by the crushing knockout at the hands of Michael Sprott. Promoter Frank Warren has warned the 35-year-old...
Britney 'Crying out for Help'
Byline: By Tim Moynihan Britney Spears' recent behaviour is erratic and worrying and she needs help, a leading psychologist said yesterday after the pop star shaved her head. Spears reportedly checked into rehab, then checked out again within...
Cadbuiy, British Gas Lead Field in Week of Corporate Results
Byline: STEVE PAIN Some of the biggest names in UK industry will come to the market this week during a busy few days for corporate results. Confectionery and drinks business Cadbury Schweppes has been dogged by product problems over the past...
Chamber Sheds Black-Tie Image to Attract More Delegates to Conference
The importance of Birmingham to the success of 'UK pic' will be highlighted at the Midlands' largest business conference being held at the ICC. More than 2,500 delegates are expected at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry's annual conference...
Closing the Gap
Figures showing London and the South-east continue to subsidise the rest of the United Kingdom are a start reminder of the inequalities which continue to exist in our country. Wealth remains concentrated in a relatively small area, with other regions...
Cricket: Mahmood Is Weak Link
Byline: JACK BANNISTER Selection of the World Cup squads has been universally criticised, which may provide some consolation to David Graveney & Co who have escaped heavy criticism for the exclusion of Stuart Broad and, to a lesser degree, Mal...
Cricket: No-Panic Hussey despite World Cup Holders' Slips
Australia stand-in captain Michael Hussey believes there is no cause for panic after the World Cup holders suffered their fourth successive one-day defeat and second to New Zealand in Auckland yesterday. Although Hussey scored a century, New Zealand...
Cricket: Taylor-Led Run-Chase Ends Australia Reign
A Ross Taylor century inspired New Zealand to a five-wicket victory in Auckland yesterday, as they completed a thrilling run-chase to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy for the first time and see Australia replaced by South Africa as No 1 in the world...
Cricket: Unbeaten Yuvraj Ensures India Clinch Series Victory
An impressive 95 not out off only 83 balls by Yuvraj Singh helped India clinch a seven-wicket win and 2-1 series victory in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam. Yuvraj and half-centuries by Sourav Ganguly and Robin...
CULTURE: A Week to Be out and about for a Youthful Offering; MUSIC PETER BACON'S JAZZ DIARY
Byline: PETER BACON'S Forget the weekend - that's for quiet times. Week nights are when you need to be out and about this week, with a cracking three-in-a-row from Birmingham Jazz, all featuring young bands. First up is the TG Collective, Trio...
CULTURE: Thanks for Caring but I'm Fine, Says Amy; MUSIC Brit Award Winner Amy Winehouse Tells Andrew Cowen Why She Doesn't Have a Drink Problem
Byline: Brit award She's currently Britain's most acclaimed and talented singer, but Amy Winehouse is also our most troubled. She may deny having problems with drink and drugs, but a series of incidents during the recent promotion of her new...
Dame Kelly Gives Young Athletes a Leg Up
Dame Kelly Holmes doesn't envy athletes taking part in next month's Indoor Athletics Championships "one bit" - but she was still in Birmingham yesterday giving the dreams of budding stars a boost. Dame Kelly was at the Alexander Stadium in Perry...
David Set to Cross Atlantic for Reunion; EDUCATION Fifty Years after His Family Uprooted Themselves to the USA, David Slimm Is Preparing to Return to Birmingham - and All for a School Reunion, as He Told Tom Scotney
Byline: Tom Scotney David Slimm remembers his childhood in 1950s Kings Heath as an idyllic time of happiness and laughter with friends, despite the scars of war still casting a shadow over the country. He could never have known at such a young...
Dumbing Down Not the Best Way to Develop Pupils' Skills and Talents; EDUCATION NEVER MIND THE BULLOCK Plain Speaking from Ex-Teacher Brenda Bullock
Byline: Brenda Bullock No surprise to learn that the departments of the sciences, maths and languages, even in our best universities, are in terminal decline. Indeed, such highly academic departments were doomed to go the way of the dodo from...
Fast-Rising Price of Slow Recall
Byline: By Tim Moynihan The damage to Cadbury's following a salmonella outbreak was highlighted by lawyers today as they revealed the number of product recalls in the UK had increased. The number of cases rose in the last year by eight per cent,...
Football: Baggies Are Home and Hopeful; FA CUP FIFTH ROUND
Byline: By Harry Jack at the Riverside Middlesbrough 2 West Bromwich Albion 2 West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has warned his former side that their FA Cup aspirations will face a severe test when they come to the Hawthorns a week...
Football: Blues Back to What They Do Best - Winning; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Graham Winbury at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 0 Birmingham City 1 When Steve Bruce was confronted before this game by a grown man in an eagle costume giving him the thumbs-down for leaving Crystal Palace and going to St Andrew's...
Football: Brakes Going Full Steam Ahead towards Final; NON-LEAGUE FA VASE
Byline: By Colin Stoner at the New Windmill Ground Leamington 5 Retford United 1 Hot-shot Ben Mackey believes Leamington's demolition of Retford United proved just why the record-breaking Brakes are one of the FA Vase favourites. But it...
Football: Bruce Calls for Unity in Blues' Push
Byline: By Graham Winbury Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce has admitted that this has become his hardest season in management due to the level of expectation on his shoulders. Bruce's team brought some sanity to a week of accusations, threats...
Football: Fox Quickly into Action as Evesham Keep on Rolling; NON-LEAGUE BGB LEAGUE
James Fox stepped into the scoring boots vacated by Richard Ball to help Evesham United continue their Midland Division play-off challenge. Despite falling two goals behind after only six minutes to Bedworth United, the Robins hit back to win 3-2...
Football: Heath Era Closes for Sky Blues; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Lee Corden at the Walkers Stadium Leicester City 3 Coventry City 0 Walkers don't make bitter crisps that leave a nasty taste in the mouth. But Coventry City's build-up and subsequent first half-embarrassment at the stadium named after...
Football: Keane's Double Maintains Spurs' Cup Prospects; FA CUP REVIEW
Two stunning volleys from Robbie Keane sent Tottenham Hotspur into the FA Cup quarter-finals as they crushed Fulham 4-0, easing any pressure that was resting on manager Martin Jol. Keane struck early on to stun Fulham, then doubled the lead with...
Football: Lambs Maintain Momentum with Brewers Waiting in the Wings; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Tamworth have a third of the season to preserve their Conference future but they are starting to hum The Great Escape after a cracking victory at Woking. A 2-0 success at Kingfield, courtesy of goals from Jake Edwards and Simon Heslop, made it seven...
Football: Wolves Almost Suffer Nervous Breakdown before Confirming Credentials for Promotion Play-Off Challenge; Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Burnley 1
Byline: By Ged Scott at Molineux It may be a little early to start worrying about promo-tion jitters in Wolverhampton. But what a nice problem to have, given the mess things were in when manager Mick McCarthy inherited Glenn Hod-dle's miserable...
Give Us More Power Is Plea from PCSOs
Byline: By Emma Pinch Police community support officers in the West Midlands claim they are being hamstrung from doing their job because of their limited powers. The region's PCSOs are granted just 19 powers by the West Midlands Chief Constable,...
Golf: Perfect Finish Creates History for Battling Ilonen
Byline: By Colin Pereira in Jakarta Mikko Ilonen fired a closing-round 70 to claim victory in the weather-interrupted Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open yesterday, becoming the first Finn to win on the European Tour. The 27-year-old carded a...
Hockey: Double-Winning Weekend Carries Aldridge into Battle for Play-Offs
Byline: By Paul Raymer Aldridge moved up four places to second position in the Women's Slazenger England League North Division after winning both matches at the weekend, putting themselves in contention for the promotion play-offs. The Staffordshire...
Holiday Couple Die in South African Crossing Crash
A former banker and his wife who were on holiday in South Africa died instantly when they were hit by a speeding driver. Britons Patrick and Jean McQuillen were killed as they crossed a road in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday, the Foreign Office...
Horse Racing: Walsh at the Double
Byline: By Martin Kelly Ruby Walsh was the man to follow at Navan yesterday, notching a big-race double with Young Desperado and Snowy Morning. The Ladbrokes.com Ten Up Novice Chase was dominated by Hear The Echo and Romek for much of the three-mile...
House-Sale Confidence Ebbs
Buyer and seller confidence in the housing market has been steadily falling over the last three months, according to research from online firm Propertyfinder.com. Only 78 per cent of people now believe house prices will continue to rise, down from...
In Brief
SQUASH: James Willstrop and Jenny Duncalf produced a Yorkshire double in Manchester last night by winning the men's and women's titles at the British National Squash Championships at Sportcity. Top seed Willstrop, the world No 9 from Pontefract,...
'I Was Hung out to Dry' - Former Suspect; POLITICS
A former key suspect in the cash-for-honours inquiry said yesterday he was "hung out to dry" by Tony Blair and contemplated suicide. The Crown Prosecution Service announced last week that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute headteacher...
Last Man out of the Twin Towers
Byline: By Tom Scotney William Rodriguez became a true American hero on one of the the darkest day in his nation's history. A janitor in the World Trade Centre, he was the last man alive out of the twin towers, saved 15 lives on 9/11 and became...
Lawn Tennis: Murray Sits in Comfort at Top Table
Byline: By Jon Halltine in San Jose Andy Murray feels he is now beginning to feel comfortable in the company of the world's best players. The British No 1 reached the final of the SAP Open in San Jose for the second con-secutive year with a straight-sets...
Letter: Only a Grand Central Will Solve the Problems
Byline: DAVID STOREY Dear Editor, I am writing to you to express a few points on the articles you have recently carried about whether should we go for the New Street Development or Grand Central. As a regular user of New Street for many years,...
Linnell Is a Real Local Hero; MEDIA & MARKETING
Former Mercia and BBC WM presenter Stuart Linnell, has been appointed to the board of a company with ambitions to put "the localness back into local radio". Mr Linnell, who is also chairman of the Coventry Branch of the Coventry & Warwickshire...
London Must Subsidise Areas Which Have Lost Jobs
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Cash-rich London and the south of England must subsidise areas hit by the loss of manufacturing jobs, economists warned today. It came as a new study reveals the extent to which the West Midlands depends...
Lower Gun Law Age to 17, Says Blair; POLITICS
Byline: By Sam Marsden Tony Blair announced plans yesterday to extend tough gun laws to some juveniles. The Prime Minister said he was considering lowering to 17 the age at which the mandatory five-year sentence for carrying an illegal firearm...
Nurses' Exodus Blamed on Trusts
Byline: By Neil Connor Chief Reporter Blame for the exodus of nurses from the Midlands to hospitals in Australia and other foreign countries should not be directed towards the Government, a union leader has said. Ann Leedham Smith, Royal College...
'Pay-as-You-Throw' Ideas Are Just Rubbish
Government proposals for a blanket "pay-as-you-throw" system for charging for disposing of household waste are "unhelpful and unnecessary," council leaders said. The Local Government Association which represents more than 400 councils in England...
Playing Happy Families Not Such a Fun Game
Byline: SARAH EVANS There has been much gnashing of teeth and wailing over last week's report by Unicef on the well-being of children. The UK managed to come below 20 other developed countries when six indicators of the way we treat children and...
Remembrance Service for Shot at Dawn Soldiers
Byline: By Josie Clarke Two soldiers who were executed for military misconduct during the First World War have become the first to be officially remembered after receiving a posthumous pardon. Private Harry Farr and Private James Swaine were...
Richard and Judy Show Quiz Inquiry
Channel 4 has launched an investigation into the Richard and Judy Show after allegations viewers are being cheated out of thousands of pounds in a phonein competition. Viewers who pay pounds 1 a time to enter the popular You Say, We Pay competition...
Rugby Union: Bees Have Enough to See off Nuns; EDF ENERGY TROPHY
Byline: By Howard Clews at Sharmans Cross Road Pertemps Bees 25 Nuneaton 9 Pertemps Bees are safely through to a quarter final tie at National One rivals Newbury with a three tries to none victory over mid-table National Two Nuneaton, but only...
Rugby Union: Coventry Struggle to Overcome Weakened Notts
Byline: By Paul Ingleston at Butts Park Arena Coventry 28 Nottingham 18 A win in his second match for new head coach Murray Henderson saw Coventry progress to an EDF Energy National Trophy cup quarter-final, reaching this stage in a cup for the...
Rugby Union: Mystery Solved as Worsley Is Left Out
England flanker Joe Worsley and Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan explained the selection mystery surrounding the player following yesterday's 26-18 Guinness Premiership victory over Sale. Worsley, recalled for England's clash with Ireland in...
Rugby Union: Stourbridge Sink in the Mud; NATIONAL TWO
Stourbridge failed to complete a double over the second placed team following their flowing autumn win at Stourton, falling prey to a rain-saturated, heavy pitch on the banks of the infant Tamar, tailor-made for Launceston's powerful forwards. They...
Rugby Union: Travel Sickness Kicks in Again as Moseley Depart Empty-Handed; NATIONAL ONE
Byline: By Peter Collins at Park Lane Sedgley Park 40 Moseley 24 Only fellow strugglers Otley have scored fewer tries than Moseley and that anxious-ness was there for all to see as the Red and Blacks ran in just two touchdowns in this defeat...
Rugby Union: Warriors Bogged Down in Defence; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Brian Dick at Sixways Worcester Warriors 6 Leicester Tigers 13 This game was so bad even a work experience broadcaster sat a couple of places to my right, wide eyed and enthusiastic at the start, left at half time. There have,...
Rugby Union: Wilkinson Ready for Dublin Trip
Newcastle boss John Fletcher has moved to allay any fitness fears surrounding England star Jonny Wilkinson for Saturday's RBS Six Nations showdown with Ireland. Wilkinson missed the Falcons' last-gasp 22-21 Guinness Premiership defeat at Bristol...
Savings Specialist Who Is One in a Million; a Celebration of Mutuality and Supporting Local Communities
Byline: By John Cranage Personal Finance Editor Ask Vaughan Ward-Hill about the benefits of mutuality and he sums it up in one word - service. In fact, the 70-year-old from Sibford Ferris, near Banbury, can call on the help of a savings and investment...
Speedway: Wolves' Comeback Reviving Howe
Byline: By David Rowe David Howe says his return to Wolverhampton offers him a new lease of life in the sport. Howe has been recalled to the Monmore Green side after a troubled year on loan at Oxford when he said he seriously considered his speedway...
'Television Morality' Distorting News Values; MEDIA & MARKETING
Byline: By Joanna Geary Media & Marketing Editor The world is developing a "television morality" - making judgments on conflicts based solely upon images seen on screen, a leading Israeli journalist has claimed. Speaking before a presentation...
THE MEN MONEY; Democracy Will Be the Loser If Political Parties Fail to Drag Themselves into the Real World and Rely on the Taxpayer to Fund Them, Says Mark Wallace
Byline: Mark Wallace We ought, by now, to be used to the wily ways of our politicians. What with the notoriety of the dark arts of spin, the Government advisers caught suggesting they could "bury bad news" on September 11 and Peter Mandelson's amazing...
Trouble Ahead in Year of the Pig
Birmingham's Chinese community yesterday wished the Midlands 'Xin Nian Kuai le', or 'Happy New Year', with a colourful celebration welcoming in The Year of the Pig. Hundreds of spectators thronged the Arcadian in Birmingham's Chinese Quarter for...
Two Find Space at Baskerville House
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor More than a quarter of Baskerville House could soon be let - just a month after the completion of its pounds 30 million transformation by property developers Targetfollow. Training company FTC Kaplan...
UCE and Web Broadcaster Home in on Asbo Culture; MEDIA & MARKETING
The Asbo culture has been tackled through the power of web TV, thanks to a new project by Birmingham web broadcaster c21VOX and the University of Central England. The pair have worked with a group of young people from south Birmingham to produce...
Van Load of Hollywood Hits; CULTURE CD REVIEWS
ROCK AND POP Van Morrison - At The Movies *** This new compilation certainly seems a rather good place to start if you're not a fan of Van the man. Essentially a greatest hits selection, it would seem as a surprising number of his top tunes...