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Articles from May 22, 2008

A Coughing and Wheezing Attempt in the Race to Beat the Binmen
Byline: JOHN DUCKERS It was something like an Ealing comedy in the Duckers household. Normally I am pretty organised when it comes to bin day. Urged on by my daughter we have become very strong on recycling plastics and paper, and the bins...
AGENDA: All at Once I Came upon Bluebells
Byline: CHRIS UPTON The connection with the Romantic poets is slight. I was driving and not wandering; nor was I lonely since my mother was in the passenger seat. And they were bluebells and not daffodils. But there was undoubtedly a cloud and a...
AGENDA: Just Because It's Legal, Doesn't Mean It's Moral; after Two Highly-Charged Days of Debate and Votes in the Commons on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols Says the Results Mean the Killing of Innocent Human Beings Will Continue
Byline: Rev Vincent Nichols On Tuesday night, the House of Common refused to change the 24-week limit on abortions. Not even the vivid pictures of a human being stretching, yawning and smiling in the womb convinced the majority. So the deliberate...
AGENDA: Personalities Take Centre Stage - above Politics and Policy
Byline: GEOFF PERCY These are challenging times. We face two years of economic pain and the risk of recession. Food and fuel bills are rising. Growth is faltering. Interest rates are unlikely to be cut again before 2009. A pretty bleak picture,...
AGENDA: These Drink Figures Just Don't Add Up to Most of Us
Byline: EMMA BRADY Being able to count competently into double or even treble figures is a basic mathematical skill that most people possess on leaving school. But add booze to that equation and suddenly, according to the Government, that becomes...
Be One Step Ahead of the Criminals; CORPORATE SECURITY Big Picture Thinking Is Key to Preventing Corporate Fraud, Argues Neal Ysart, Senior Manager in Forensic Technology Solutions at PwC in the Midlands
Byline: Neal Ysart Economic crime - and its cost - are rising and yet most of small and medium-sized businesses in the Midlands may not be doing enough to protect their companies from the effects of fraud. According to the latest UK report from...
Bid for New Abortion Limits Goes on; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Campaigners demanding new limits on abortion have vowed to continue the fight after the House of Commons threw out proposals for reform. Cross-party proposals for new abortion limits of 12, 16, 20 or...
Blue Chips Lose Gains as Investors Rattled; MARKET REPORT SHARE PRICES
London's blue chips surrendered early gains yesterday as soaring oil prices and a blow to interest rate cut hopes rattled investor nerves. The FTSE 100 Index had begun the day by making good headway after yesterday's three per cent slide, with mining...
Boxing: Broadhurst in the Mood for Family Affair at Big Contest
Byline: by Rob Tanner When Erdington's Don Broadhurst steps into the ring at the National Indoor Arena on the undercard to Amir Khan's latest challenge against Michael Gomez on June 21, it will be a significant moment in his career. The 24-year-old...
Britain in the Black, but It's Getting Tough; ECONOMY
Britain's public finances started the new fiscal year with a modest surplus, but analysts yesterday warned that the going was likely to get tougher as the credit crunch started to bite. Healthy tax receipts and a muted rise in spending helped the...
Brown's Celebrity Video Idea for Terminally-Ill Writer
Byline: By Alison Kershaw and Jeananne Craig A terminally-ill journalist lobbying for better education on bone marrow donation yesterday said the Prime Minister had suggested making a celebrity video to raise awareness. Adrian Sudbury, who has...
Cameron Accuses Brown over One-Year ' Tax Con' POLITICS
Conservative leader David Cameron yesterday challenged Gordon Brown to commit himself to extending his pounds 2.7 billion tax cut for low and middle-income workers into the next financial year, as an independent report warned that failure to do so...
Charity Hits Back after Losing Pounds 11m in Contracts
A Birmingham charity which is the biggest in the country for providing housing to asylum seekers is facing closure after losing Government contracts worth pounds 11 million. Astonbrook Housing Association, based in Moseley Road, Highgate, is being...
Check out the Hidden Cost of Service Charges; COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Byline: By Steve Pain Commercial Property Editor Business owners concerned about rising costs have been warned to check on their service charges if they are planning to rent offices or commercial property. Cheryl Leyser, head of commercial property...
CLASSICAL REVIEWS: Precious Moments; the Kirov Ballet Birmingham Hippodrome ****
Byline: Susan Turner The aptly-named Jewels, a glittering array of three diverse ballet styles, three composers, three costume and set changes - and one choreographer, George Balanchine, was the Kirov Ballet's opening offer to Birmingham. The...
Committee Was Eight to One against Rate Reduction; ECONOMY
Byline: By Matt Dickinson and John Duckers Fears of mounting inflation outweighed those of slowing growth as the Bank of England made a near unanimous decision to keep interest rates steady this month, it was revealed yesterday. Minutes from...
Credit Crunch Forces Firms to Look at Factory and Office Space; PROPERTY
More firms are looking to reduce their property holdings in the wake of the credit crunch, it was claimed today. Twenty per cent now plan to trim their space - a marked increase on the 12 per cent of the past six months. Twenty-seven per cent still...
Credit Suisse Bucks Trend to Open Office in Birmingham; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Byline: By Anna Blackaby Business Staff Credit Suisse has announced the opening of a new office in Birmingham in response to growing demand for private banking from high net worth individuals in the Midlands. The move comes at a time when the...
Culture: Indy Joins the Scrapers of the Last Barrel; Mike Davies Reviews the Week's Latest Cinema Releases
Byline: Mike Davies INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL Cert 12A 122 mins *** Nineteen years and countless rumours since the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford Onally dons the fedora again, reuniting with Spielberg and Lucas for a...
Don't Bury Your Head in the Sand over Corruption; CORPORATE SECURITY Company Executives Risk Fines and Jail by Ignoring Anti-Bribery Laws, Reports John Mellor
Byline: John Mellor Bribery and other illegal business practices are still being used by organisations to secure or retain business - despite the rise in international anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement. This unpalatable truth is...
Drahm Honour Bound to End Happy Days with Worcester
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Shane Drahm's appearance in this weekend's European Challenge Cup final will be his last forWorcester, thereby ending speculation he is set to stay at Sixways. TheWarriors fly half confirmed yesterday...
Electric Range Rover Is a Real Shocker at Pounds 125,000
Byline: By John Cranage Automotive Correspondent An electric-powered Range Rover is being developed for drivers prepared to pay up to pounds 125,000 to reduce their carbon footprint. Liberty Electric Cars, a company based in Oxford, yesterday...
Experian Cutting Costs to Counter Cautious Climate; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Byline: By John Sedgwick Business Staff Credit information firm, Experian, recorded a 15 per cent rise in full-year operating profit and announced plans to cut more costs to offset continued turbulence in financial markets. Experian, which employs...
Fewer Workers and Less Hours as Squeeze Tightens Its Grip; EMPLOYMENT
Employment intentions among UK businesses hit their lowest level in at least 11 years last month, according to a Bank of England report. The Bank found that firms are reducing their workforces, cutting down on employee work hours and turning to...
Golf: Rose Preparing to Call Time on His Euro-Sceptic Years
Justin Rose sees exciting times ahead for European golf - and he wants to play a bigger part in it. After a year in which he won the Order of Merit despite playng only six times in Europe, Rose is back on this side of the Atlantic for the first time...
Hauliers Face Ruin over Diesel Prices
Byline: By Tom Scotney Midland hauliers last night called for a change in the tax system as rocketing diesel prices threaten to cripple the industry. Businesses are facing the highest monthly leap in diesel prices for more than a decade, as oil...
Hepworth Wipes out Opposition; BUSINESS AWARDS
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff A Redditch firm that supplies many of the world's luxury liners and high speed trains with windscreen wiper systems is the winner of this month's Birmingham Post Business Award. Representatives from The Hepworth...
Horse Racing: Go Blue for Glory at Goodwood
Byline: By Stable Boy Blue Ksar may not be the most straightforward of performers but he is worth a shout in the Letheby & Christopher Festival Stakes at Goodwood. Although Sixties Icon would be the form horse coming into the race, he is...
How I Was Saved by My Family, My Friends and This Blog
These are some of the extracts from Adrian Sudbury's blog. May 15, 2008 A plea for more bone marrow donors. I have one last little mission before I die. I'm determined to try and educate more people about what it is like to be a bone marrow donor....
'I Killed Wife to Stop Her Killing Me'
The wife of a retired industrialist allegedly taunted her husband before he stabbed her 50 times at their Warwickshire home, a jury heard yesterday. After demanding a divorce, Lorraine Mack told 82-year-old Kenneth Mack that all of her friends were...
It Pays to Regard Security as an Investment; SECURITY 3000 LTD
Security can sometimes be regarded by companies as a grudge spend, rather than an investment as it should be, with purchasers opting to buy the minimum and cheapest service possible. Sourcing contract security is still a minefield for purchasers...
Keogh's Ability Makes Quick Impression on Boss Trapattoni
Byline: By Rob Tanner Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Andy Ke-ogh could be named in the Republic of Ireland starting team for Saturday's friendly against Serbia after impressing new Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Keogh has caught the Italian's...
Letter: A Meeting of like Minds at the Bash
Byline: ELSPETH PEARSON Dear Editor, I am 54 years-old, a British subject and tax payer, and for over 15 years myself and my family including grandchildren have been going to the Bulldog Bash. A four day event, where people from different backgrounds...
Letter: Courting Accountability
Byline: BRIAN EMERY Dear Editor, Regarding your front page lead article "Family law judge blasts Hemming" (Post, May 9) may I blast back at Lord Justice Wall's misleading comments in defence of professional impropriety and malpractice in the Family...
MANUFACTURING: Guv'nor Rules the Roads as Pashley Pushes into US
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff Warwickshire-based Pashley Cycles, England's longest established cycle maker, has seen a dramatic increase in export sales to the United States as a result of a bike originally manufactured in the 1930s. ...
MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers Trip to Caribbean Is No Holiday; Russell Luckock, Chairman of Birmingham-Based Pressworks Company AE Harris, Discusses the Opportunities for West Midland Firms Looking for Business Opportunities in the Caribbean and Bemoans the Fact Manufacturing Companies Won't Be Represented on an Imminent Trade Mission
Byline: Russell Luckock Representatives of the West Midland business community leave for the Caribbean on June 2 - but the trip is no holiday. The businessmen are both sourcing new opportunities that might be available in the region and further...
McAlpine on the Move to City Centre at Latham House; COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Latham House is soon to provide the Midlands base for another national company which is moving its regional operation to the Birmingham city centre location. Sir Robert McAlpine, one of the UK's leading construction companies, is relocating from...
Members Move over Secrecy of Addresses; POLITICS
Angry MPs have launched a last-ditch campaign to block the publication of their home addresses, which they say will make them targets for burglars, terrorists and stalkers. John Spellar (Lab Warley) claimed the "scandalous" decision to publish the...
Memory Sticks to Be Handled with Care; CORPORATE SECURITY A Disgruntled Employee Can Quickly Pull the Plug on Top-Notch Information as Marion Smith Explains
Byline: Marion Smith Senior executives with access to sensitive business intelligence can blow a bigger hole in corporate security than any amount of sophisticated cyber crime, a prominent commercial litigation specialist warned yesterday. And...
Microsoft Still Looking at Some Parts of Yahoo! TECHNOLOGY
Microsoft is not looking to bid to buy all of Yahoo! but is in talks about other types of deals with the US No. 2 search engine, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said yesterday. Mr Ballmer said at the launch of Microsoft's new research and...
Midlands Region Driving Bank of Ireland Profits; BANKING
Byline: By John Sedgwick Business Staff The Midlands has contributed to a strong performance by the Bank of Ireland as it reported an increase of six per cent in pretax profits to pounds 1.79 billion. The bank's UK division delivered pretax profit...
Mortgage Lenders Revise Expectations; HOUSING
The Council of Mortgage Lenders yesterday forecast a 35 per cent fall in the number of property transactions in England and Wales this year. The organisation, which represents banks and building societies, is also braced for house prices to sink...
New Series of Strikes Facing Public Sector; POLITICS
The Government was yesterday facing the threat of a fresh wave of strikes by public sector workers in a series of disputes over pay involving civil servants, college lecturers and firefighters. The warning followed a decision by the Public and Commercial...
Obama Close to Democratic Prize; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: by Tony Harrop Barack Obama stepped to the brink of victory in the Democratic presidential race yesterday, defeating Hillary Clinton in the Oregon primary and moving within 100 delegates of the total needed to claim the prize at the party...
Optimistic Noises That Taylor and Forssell Will Remain at St Andrew's; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Rob Tanner Alex McLeish is hopeful that goalkeeper Maik Taylor and striker Mikael Forssell will put pen to paper soon on new deals to keep them at Birmingham City. The duo, who are out of contract at the end of next month, have been offered...
Panesar Looks Forward to Old Trafford Assistance as Hairmakes Return
Byline: By Myles Hodgson and Richard Gibson Monty Panesar is relishing a return to Old Trafford hoping previous success can inspire him to a match-winning contribution in this week's second npower Test. Having had little impact during the drawn...
Paragon Defiant despite 40 per Cent Collapse in Profits; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Half-year profits at buy-to-let lender Paragon, a casualty of the global credit squeeze, fell by nearly 40 per cent. But the Solihull-based group said yesterday that demand for rental properties was set to increase in an uncertain housing market....
Portuguese Kings Porto on O'Neill's Pre-Season List; FOOTBALL: BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Lisa Smith Aston Villa are hoping to pull off a glamorous pre-season match against one of Europe's top teams with Portuguese champions Porto last night emerging as one of the main contenders as manager Martin O'Neill prepares his troops...
Premature Baby Died Two Days after 'Breathing Tank Trial'
Byline: By Lucy Collins A father who agreed his newborn premature daughter could take part in a hospital trial did not give informed consent, a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing was told yesterday. Stacey Henshall was born at just 27 weeks...
Profits Starting to Flow Even Better for Britvic; DRINKS
Robinsons squash firm Britvic said half-year profits rose 13 per cent as its market showed signs of recovering from last year's testing summer. The group, whose portfolio of drinks also include Tango, J20 juice and water brand Pennine Spring, encouraged...
Ramprakash Fails as Butcher Flays Tykes; CRICKET: CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
Mark Ramprakash missed out on a 100th firstclass century as Mark Butcher stole his thunder with a 38th hundred for Surrey against Yorkshire at the Brit Oval. The Surrey captain is 189 not out after the hosts reached 396 for five in their Division...
Red Letter Day as Business Post Sales Surge; LOGISTICS
Business Post yesterday reported a 45 per cent rise in annual profits driven by a surge in sales at its UK Mail unit. The Slough-based bulk and parcel delivery company, which has a large depot in Heartlands in Birmingham, added the start of the...
Report Slams CPS for out of Date Court Paperwork
Court cases are being dropped because prosecutors are failing to keep paperwork up to date, a watchdog said yesterday. Inspectors found the Crown Prosecution Service did not properly maintain more than a third of files in crown court cases. One...
Smith Faces Police Officers She 'Betrayed' over Pay Deal; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Home Secretary Jacqui Smith came face to face with angry police officers as she defended the Government's decision to offer a 1.9 per cent pay rise yesterday. Delegates at the Police Federation's conference...
Steele's Late-Season Class Earns Barnsley Contract
Byline: By Lisa Smith Rookie West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Luke Steele, who won over the hearts and minds of Yorkshire with his performances between the posts for Barnsley in last season's epic FA Cup run, has been rewarded with a permanent deal...
Stourbridge's Mitchell Will Remain with New Contract
Stourbridge have rewarded director of rugby Neil Mitchell for the best season in club history with a new two-year contract, writes Brian Dick. The Stourton Park outfit narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division after finishing third...
Tesco Set to Take Control of Dobbies; LEISURE
Tesco is set to gain control of Dobbies as billionaire entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter yesterday finally relinquished his stake in the garden centre chain. Sir Tom's West Coast Capital investment company agreed to sell its 29.2 per cent holding in Dobbies...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Smith's Policy on Police Pay Flies in Face of Fairness
There were no boos or slow hand-clapping when Jacqui Smith faced police officers yesterday. The Home Secretary may be grateful she didn't face the same reception as some of her colleagues have in the past when addressing angry teachers or nurses....
Thus Group Announces Maiden Profit; TELECOMS
Telecommunications company Thus Group has announced its maiden operating profit and increased revenues, driven by a focus on next-generation services. Thus, whose clients in the Midlands include Solihull Council and the University of Central England,...
Time to Get out of the Bunker, Is Cameron's Message; POLITICS
Conservative leader David Cameron yesterday taunted the Prime Minister over his decision not to visit Crewe and Nantwich during the by-election campaign, accusing him of "putting himself into his bunker". At Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons,...
Top Judges Concerned over Knives on Streets
Senior judges yesterday expressed their concern over the "escalating and grave" problem of knives and other offensive weapons being carried on Britain's streets. They warned that such offences - which were now reaching "epidemic proportions" - must...
UNAT Hit with Pounds 640,000 Fine over Call Centre Insurance Sales; INSURANCE
A subsidiary of the world's biggest insurance firm has been fined pounds 640,000 by the City's watchdog for failing to carry out proper checks on its call centres. The Financial Services Authority said UNAT Direct, owned by US insurance giant AIG,...
United Supreme in Europe Again A0er Drama in the Russian Rain; Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1 (after Extra Time, Manchester United Won 6-5 on Penalties)
Byline: By Adrian Curtis in Moscow Manchester United are kings of Europe for the third time after a night of high drama and emotion in rains wept Moscow. Goalkeeper Edwin vander Sar was the hero with a penalty save to deny Nicolas Anelka after...
Walsall's Delay in Appointing Manager No Bar to Boertien Signing Again; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE
Byline: By Rob Tanner Walsall full back Paul Boertien said the mystery surrounding the club's next manager had no signiNcance on his decision to sign a new contract at the Banks's Stadium. The 29-year-old former Carlisle United and Derby County...
Warwickshire Bowling along Nicely after Double Blow; ASTON (First Day): Middlesex 285-9 V Warwickshire
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer If it is in adversity that a team's true character is evident, then Warwickshire's future may be a little brighter than has been anticipated. Faced with a series of devastating setbacks in the early...
Wolseley Aims to Plug Leak in the Market; BUILDING MATERIALS
Byline: By John Sedgwick Business Staff Plumbing and heating supplies firm Wolseley, the world's largest specialist trade distributor, has announced its UK business endured a "challenging" April after the market slowed significantly. The group,...