The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 13, 2008

4x4 Owners to Pay Pounds 25 to Drive about London
Byline: By Peter Woodman Gas-guzzling vehicles such as 4x4 "Chelsea tractors" will have to pay a daily charge of pounds 25 to enter London's congestion charge zone from October this year, Ken Livingstone announced yesterday. Owners of the 4x4...
AGENDA: Don't Bank on Credit Cards to Build a Firm
Byline: STEVE WALKER These are challenging times in the banking world for both borrowers and lenders. While it was pleasing last week to see the positive investment in Birmingham and the West Midlands made by three large banks (Post, February 7),...
AGENDA: Let's Shout about What We're Good At
Byline: ROBIN FLETCHER Like it not, Birmingham is not mentioned as often as perhaps it would like to be when conversation turns to the jewels of Britain. Cornwall's coastline, Cumbria's lakes and Scotland's lochs always seem to win the race on...
AGENDA: Our Standing in Society Is Founded on Faith
In the wake of the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan William's comments about Sharia law, the Bishop of Birmingham the Rt Rev David Urquhart and Dr Mohammad Naseem, chairman of the Central Mosque, give their views about faith in our city In light...
AGENDA: Spiritual Debate on Welfare of Our City
Faiths for the City is a project initiated by the University of Birmingham Multi Faith Chaplaincy which aims to bring together the faith communities, represented by the Birmingham Faith Leaders group, departments from the University of Birmingham and...
A Sorry Case of Oh, Calcutta
Byline: BRIAN DICK The Calcutta Cup is usually the high point of my rugby season. As an exiled Scot, there is no better way to rile an Englishman than by taking his job and then beating him at rugby - even though the latter happens but once every...
Athletics: UK Athletics Left 'With No Room' but to Select Chambers
Byline: By David Martin UK Athletics have made it abundantly clear that they did not want to select Dwain Chambers for the World Indoor Championships in Valencia. The 29-year-old was named in the Great Britain side to travel to Spain next month...
Aussie Troops Join East Timor Peacekeepers; INTERNATIONAL
Australian troops backed by a warship arrived in East Timor yesterday after rebels shot and seriously wounded the president. The government declared a state of emergency amid fears of more unrest and political turmoil triggered by assassination...
Automotive Firms Could Miss Chinese Takeaway; EMERGING MARKETS AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff Automotive engineering firms in the West Midlands have been warned they could be missing out on valuable contracts by ignoring potential investment opportunities in China. UK Trade & Investment said it...
Bankers Still Spending like There's No Tomorrow; RENUMERATION
Byline: By Olesya Dmitracova and Michael Taylor As the City is dishing out bonuses from a much smaller pot this year, some aggrieved bankers are set to quit and others are seeking legal advice, but most go on spending like there is no tomorrow....
Carillion Running with McAlpine Integration; ACQUISITION
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Wolverhampton-based Carillion has completed the acquisition of support services group Alfred McAlpine following the Office of Fair Trading's clearance of the deal last Friday. The construction group, which...
Confidence Solid as a BRIC, Says KPMG Report; EMERGING MARKETS MANUFACTURING
Manufacturing firms in the BRIC region are highly confident over business prospects for 2008, a new business survey has concluded. The 2008 KPMG Business Outlook Survey, which surveyed 1,800 manufacturing firms throughout the BRIC countries - Brazil,...
Cricket: Defeats Bad Omen for Ashes Hopes Says Gooch
Former England captain Graham Gooch believes the tourists' travails in New Zealand are a bad omen for next year's Ashes series following yesterday's embarrassing 10-wicket defeat that left them trailing 2-0 in the five-match one-day series. Paul...
Cricket: Easy Ryder as Humbled England End Wicketless; CRICKET: NEW ZEALAND V ENGLAND
Byline: By Myles Hodgson in Hamilton England's progress as a one-day team was halted in brutal fashion after New Zealand inflicted on them one of the most comprehensive defeats in 37 years of playing limited-overs internationals. Comprehensively...
Cricket: Unbeaten Dilshan Answers Sharma Class in Revised Run-Chase; TRI-NATION ONE-DAY SERIES
Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 62 not out to lead Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket victory over India in a rain-affected fifth match of the tri-nation oneday series in Canberra yesterday. The Sri Lankans reached their revised target of 154 for the loss...
Cricket: West Zone's Imposing Reply after Lions Slip; ENGLAND LIONS
Byline: Richard Gibson England Lions' hopes of progressing to the Duleep Trophy final were undermined by a chronic collapse against West Zone in Vadodara yesterday, writes Richard Gibson. In what is effectively a play-off for a spot in the tournament...
Film Highlights Plight of Workers as Production Moved; PENSIONS
A film highlighting the plight of workers who lost their job when production was moved overseas has been launched as part of a new form of campaigning. Unite said the short film, detailing the loss of 150 jobs when Lil-lets closed a factory in Birmingham...
Football: Forssell Revelling in Freedom; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Rob Tanner The arrival of Alex McLeish as manager has given the Birmingham City strikers a freedom they did not enjoy under his predecessor Steve Bruce, Mikael Forssell has revealed. The 26-year-old Finnish striker said the main difference...
Football: Ranson Will Not Make Rushed Appointment
Byline: By James Peacock Coventry City chairman Ray Ranson has revealed how a difference of opinion over the future direction of the club led to Iain Dowie's departure as manager, not simply bad results. The race for Dowie's successor is heating...
Football: Reo-Coker: Cheats Are Killing Game; FOOTBALL: BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By James Peacock Over-protective referees and diving cheats are gradually pick-pocketing football of its passion and masculinity, according to Aston Villa's Nigel Reo-Coker. The former West Ham United player has added some long-overdue...
Football: Sky Blues Scrap for Point in Dull Affair; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Adam Dent at the Ricoh Arena Coventry City 0 Cardiff City 0 Mourinho 4 Cov" read one banner at the Ricoh Arena last night, and even the Special One would have been impressed with the battling qualities Coventry City showed in a...
Football: Swans Put Bodde on the Line to Earn Victory; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE
Byline: By Stephen Ware at Liberty Stadium Swansea City 1 Walsall 0 Walsall suffered a cruel blow to their play-off hopes as they were edged out of a tight game by the League One leaders last night. The Saddlers matched their high-flying...
Football: Wolves Stop the Rot on a Night of Few Chances
Byline: By Andy Sykes at Bloomfield Road Blackpool 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 A stunning Wayne Hennessey save earned a valuable point for Wolves to help ease the pressure on manager Mick McCathy. Hennessey did brilliantly to tip Gary Taylor-Fletcher's...
From Dowdy to Hip, Jaeger Revels in New Fashion Trend; RETAIL
Byline: By Rachel Sanderson Special Correspondent Belinda Earl, chief executive of British fashion brand Jaeger, knows the value of trading up. Three years ago, the former chief of mid-range British department store group Deben-hams joined Jaeger,...
From the Ashes of Disaster Grow the Roses of Success; Culture Theatre Amateur Theatre
Byline: by John Slim Harborne's Moorpool Players got more than they bargained for when they presented themselves as the Reformation Players and unleashed an evening of dramatic disasters under the heading of Coarse Acting Strikes Back. It was...
FUTURE OF NEW STREET: Decision on Money Has Taken Too Long, Say Conservatives
The decision to back a rebuild of New Street station was "long overdue", Conservatives insisted. Tories said the Government should stop trying to take the credit for proposed refurbishment and instead explain why it had taken so long. Designs...
FUTURE OF NEW STREET: Egos, Politics and Delays - but Who Won the Battle? Public Affairs Editor Paul Dale Asks: Who Has the New Street Bragging Rights? Is It Labour's Liam Byrne, or Tory Mike Whitby?
Byline: Paul Dale Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly's announcement that Birmingham will get almost pounds 400 million from the Government to deliver a new New Street Station has been universally welcomed by politicians from all parties. But while...
FUTURE OF NEW STREET: It's Well Overdue, but Are the Plans Worth the Wait?
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Passengers are set to benefit from a bigger and better New Street Gateway after the Government's decision to back plans to transform Birmingham New Street station with almost pounds 400 million of funding....
FUTURE OF NEW STREET: Pallasades Holds Key to Success; the Budget for New Street Station Is Mind-Boggling, but You Can't Build a 21st Century Railway Station under a 1960s Shopping Centre, Writes Arts Editor Terry Grimley
Byline: Terry Grimley When it comes to judging the impact of redevelopment schemes, there's a natural tendency to home-in on the price-tag. I'm still amazed, for instance, that back in the mid-1990s a modest pounds 4 million could buy you a substantial...
FUTURE OF NEW STREET: Redevelopment Now Means Uncertain Future for Shopkeepers; Their Future Hinges on the Redevelopment of New Street Station, but Shopkeepers in and around the Pallasades Are Unsure of What Will Happen, as They Told Sally Hawkesford
Byline: Sally Hawkesford Sims Footwear owner, Paul Lamb, said: "All the information I know is all from hearsay and through the grapevine. We have been led to believe that the new complex will work around us. It seems that we can be involved to certain...
General Motors Offers to Buy out Hourly-Paid Jobs after Record Loss Last Year; AUTOMOTIVE
General Motors has offered to buy out the jobs of its hourly-paid workers after recording the car industry's biggest annual loss in 2007. The Detroit group, which looks set to lose its long-held status as the world's biggest carmaker in terms of...
Gera's Promptings the Missing Factor for Albion; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By James Peacock at The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 0 Sheffield United 0 For the most part of the season Tony Mowbray's side have flattered; at others they have deceived. This was a combination of both and a game that produced a...
Government Gambling Policy and Casinos Attacked by Synod; POLITICS
The Church of England expressed its "grave concern" yesterday over the growth of gambling and hit out at the promotion of regional casinos in the UK. At the General Synod in Westminster, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams spoke of the "human...
Growing Clamour to Ban Device Aimed at Teenagers; POLITICS
The Children's Commissioner for England joined civil liberties campaigners yesterday in a call for a ban on a device which disperses young people by emitting a high-pitched sound. The gadget, known as the Mosquito, exploits young people's ability...
HBJ Gateley Wareing Opens Office in Dubai; LEGAL
Birmingham law firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has opened an office in Dubai. It follows an official licence from the Dubai Ruler's Court and is the firm's first international base. It has also been granted a legal advocates licence which allows it to...
Horse Racing: Pipe Bides Time on over the Creek Haydock Test; RACING
Byline: By Nick Robson and Keith Hamer David Pipe is undecided whether to let Welsh National third Over The Creek take his chance in the Red Square Vodka Gold Cup at Haydock on Saturday. The nine-year-old also has the option of the Grade Two...
How Meter Readings Can Make Things Dodgy for the Chancellor
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Last week National Statistics demonstrated its independence by allocating the Government's pounds 50-billion of cash and guarantees staked on Northern Rock to public sector borrowing, what used to be called the national...
Inflation Leap Set to Stymie Bank of England on Rate; ECONOMICS
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Inflation is set to leap ahead next month, making it harder than ever for the Bank of England to cut interest rates again in the near future, due to a change in the way National Statistics accounts...
Internet Still Seems a Risky Business for Small Firms; by Tom Scotney Enterprise Editor
Small business owners have a love-hate relationship with the internet, despite the massive opportunities it can offer, new research has suggested. Although almost all SMEs have embrace the internet for business reasons, huge numbers still have reservations...
Investbx May Well Be a Springboard for Growth; INVESTMENTS Investbx Has Been Launched as a New Online Exchange for West Midlands Small Firms Looking to Raise Capital. but Is the Exchange a Welcome Addition to the Birmingham Corporate Landscape?
Charles Bond, public markets partner at Cobbetts in Birmingham, says: Yes. The first regional stock exchange to trade on a virtual platform, it has, admittedly, taken a while to get Investbx off the ground. But for a region famed for invention...
Israeli Overthrow Hint Sends Hamas Leaders into Hiding; INTERNATIONAL
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak indicated Israel might try to overthrow the Hamas regime in Gaza while Hamas leaders went into hiding after Israel threatened to hunt them down in the battle over daily rocket salvos from Gaza. Israeli troops,...
Join in the Hunt for Words to Inspire; WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE POST ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER
JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN "Birmingham is not my native town - I wish it were." The pages of history will forever be associate the moderniser Joseph Chamberlain with Birmingham. The city's greatest ever politician, how many people can remember where...
Major Surge after News of US Rescue Plans; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
The London market surged more than 3.5 per cent yesterday after investors were buoyed by news of a US rescue offer for troubled bond insurers and lower-than-expected inflation data. The FTSE 100 Index closed 202.3 points up at 5910 points, taking...
'Midlands Should Be at the Forefront of Trade with India' EMERGING MARKETS ECONOMIC
The West Midlands should lead the way in boosting Britain's trade with India, Regional Minister Liam Byrne has said. Speaking following a trade mission to the country, Mr Byrne said India's recent investment in the region demonstrated how important...
Mills 'Mad' to Argue Own Divorce Settlement
Heather Mills left the divorce court where she is battling with Sir Paul McCartney for a share of his millions with a grim smile yesterday. The former model has sacked her legal team to represent herself against one of the top barristers in the...
Moor Wool a Farming Fashion Statement
A pair of farmers have gone from the Staffordshire moors to the catwalks of Milan - with a bit of help from their exotic livestock. Roy Critchlow and his partner Karen Ballington started keeping rare guanacos - a relative of the llama - on their...
More Collector's Item Than Compelling Drama; Culture Theatre the Vortex Malvern Festival Theatre ***
Byline: Terry Grimley Anyone who equates the name Noel Coward with frothy social comedy may be in for a surprise with this rare revival of his first big hit. The precocious 24-year old Coward took his cue from Chekhov and Ibsen in looking at...
Murder Hunt after Teenager Dies in Street Knife Attack
Police launched a murder inquiry yesterday after an 18-year-old died in a street attack. Joe Dinsdale is believed to have been stabbed in the stomach on Bilton Grove in east Hull on Monday. The victim was discovered by paramedics at around 10.50pm...
New Directors for Development Company; APPOINTMENTS
The company set up to promote Wolverhampton yesterday announced the appointment of 11 new directors to its board. The Wolverhampton Development Company was set up with the intention of developing a city of regional, national and international significance....
Non-Domicile Levy Won't Change, Says the Chancellor; POLITICS
Byline: By John Duckers and Jonathan Walker The Government dismissed speculation yesterday that it was about to roll back on a levy on wealthy foreigners who have so far been able to legally avoid paying UK tax. But most pundits reckoned it had...
Norcros Marginally Behind Expectations; CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Shares in consumer products group Norcros-which has a number of operations in the West Midlands - edged down yesterday after it warned shareholders full year profits would be "marginally behind" market expectations. In the UK Norcros comprises Nuneatonbased...
Nurse Running Home That Closed Could Be Struck Off
Byline: By Emma Brady Health Correspondent A nurse formerly in charge of a Birmingham nursing home where 27 elderly residents died in a year will face a disciplinary hearing next week. Kathleen Smith, who was nursing manager at Maypole Nursing...
Obama Looks to Be Coasting to New Major Victory in US; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Terry Webster Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama was last night hoping to be on a victory roll and win primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Meanwhile rival Hillary Clinton denied her campaign was in trouble after...
Patients Exposed to Wrong Drug Doses after Hospitals Use Inaccurate Scales
Patients' lives could be put at risk by hospitals which use inaccurate weighing scales, the organisation which co-ordinates trading standards officers (Lacors) have said. After pilot studies found hospital staff using inaccurate and unsuitable scales...
Pounds 30m Row Erupts over Future of EEF
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor A pounds 30 million row has broken out over the future of manufacturing organisation, the EEF. Members are being asked to vote on a major reorganisation of the former Engineering Employers Federation, but...
Prices Fall for Sixth Month in Row in Midlands; HOUSING
House prices in the West Midlands fell for the sixth month running in January, though less than in December, judging from a survey of property professionals. This showed chartered surveyors reporting lower prices in the region during January outnumbering...
RFU Mulling Points Deduction after Coventry Episode
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Less than a week after Coventry rose, phoenix-like, from the ashes and seemingly unscathed from their failure to meet their liabilities, the Rugby Football Union is considering introducing points deductions...
Rickards Seals Resilient Reds' Place in County Cup Final; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: By Colin Stoner Redditch United booked their place in the Worcestershire Senior Cup final after surviving a proverbial game of two halves to defeat Stourbridge last night. Despite trailing 1-0 at half-time, the Reds hit back to win 3-1...
Sir Cliff's Cinematic Classic Set in Brum Gets Another Airing
There was a time when Birmingham was considered a real go-getter of a city - even before the Bullring was rebuilt. We know this because both Telly Savalas and Cliff Richard were telling us so. Sir Cliff starred in Take Me High, a romantic comedy...
S&N Plans to Close Brewery with Loss of 362 Jobs; BREWING
Byline: By Russell Lynch and John Duckers Brewer Scottish & Newcastle yesterday announced plans to close its Reading brewery with the potential loss of 362 jobs. The Foster's and Kronenbourg 1664 maker, which is being bought by European rivals...
The Arguments for Significant Reform; the EEF Case for Reform That Has Gone to Members. Business Editor John Duckers Examines the Background
Byline: John Duckers The proposal to shake up the EEF follows a review of the business carried out by the organisation's Council, the national governing body. Ranging against critic Jeremy Woolridge, who admits he is something of a lone voice,...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Seize the Moment! New Street Success Can Pave the Way
Government approval for the refurbishment of New Street Station brings to an end a campaign unique in Birmingham and the West Midlands. In a rare display of determination, politicians across the party divide, MPs, public bodies and representatives...
The Story of the Heart through to the End; Culture Theatre Jane Sutcliffe Tells Jo Ind about Affairs of the Heart in Her One-Woman Show, to Be Performed on Valentine's Day at the Mac
Byline: Jo Ind The latest show from Birmingham-based physical theatre company Metaphysique could not be more appropriate for Valentine's Day. It is poetic. It is lyrical. It is about the journey of the heart. Jane Sutcliffe, from Edgbaston, has...
Tolkien Family to Sue for EUR150m over Movie Profits
Byline: By Emma Brady Trustees of the author JRR Tolkien are suing a film studio for EUR150 million (pounds 75 million) for unpaid profits from The Lord of the Rings films, it emerged yesterday. The Tolkien Trust and Harper Collins, who originally...
Universal Welcome for Pledge of New Street Cash; ECONOMY
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff Business leaders from around the region have universally welcomed yesterday's decision by the Government to pledge almost pounds 400 million to the redevelopment of New Street Station. The much-anticipated...
Wales Put on Their New Face for Italy; SIX NATIONS
Byline: By Alex Lowe Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel will start in the half backs against Italy a week on Saturday after Wales head coach Warren Gatland made six changes to the side that beat Scotland. Gatland has also named a new front row, with...
Wider M42 Could Destroy Green Belt
The destruction of large swathes of Solihull green belt through the widening of the M42 could become a reality if plans for a new service station are given the go-ahead, a public inquiry heard yesterday. The Highways Agency warned that building...