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Articles from June 18, 2008

Academies Scheme for Young Offenders; POLITICS
Young offenders should be provided with support in education, training and housing through a network of "academies", a panel of experts recommended yesterday. The panel, which includes former chief prison inspector Lord Ramsbotham and the ex-chairman...
Accused's Sex Habits Revealed
The jury trying Briton Neil Entwistle for the murder of his wife and baby will be allowed to hear evidence that he trawled internet sex sites in the days before the killings, the judge ruled yesterday. US prosecutors will also be allowed to introduce...
Advice Aimed at Start-Ups Hoping to Make That Vital Successful Leap; ENTERPRISE
An advice pack for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to set their business dreams in motion has been launched. Business Link in the West Midlands has released the free start-up pack for novices wanting to learn more before they begin their journey...
AGENDA: Divorce Doesn't Have to Be Hell of Earth; Nicola Walker, Family Law Solicitor at the Birmingham Offices of Irwin Mitchell, Asks If There Is Such a Thing as a Good Divorce
Byline: Nicola Walker Divorce tends to be a popular topic in the media, with coverage of high profile cases, not least the McCartney Mills' divorce, in addition to reporting on issues such as pre-nuptial agreements, like those entered into by Mr...
AGENDA: Economical with the Truth - or Plain Lies?
Byline: ROBIN FLETCHER The sandstorm whipped up by whitemiddle-class-graduate journalists over 'misconstrued' information on the CV of Apprentice winner Lee McQueen was sadly predictable. As an employer I have twice been caught out when hiring...
A Very British Murder Preserved in Aspic; REVIEWS and Then There Were None Malvern Festival Theatre ***
Byline: Terry Grimley Known originally and for much of its history by a title now so politically incorrect that it is not even alluded to in the programme notes, Agatha Christie's play is almost the definition of a theatrical warhorse. This is...
Baker Keen to Take Positives out of Reverse; NOTTINGHAM
Jamie Baker shrugged off his defeat by Samuel Groth at the Slazenger Open by admitting he was glad just to be on the court. The 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 loss was a significant achievement considering that three months ago the 21-year-old was suffering from...
Bank to Put Interest Rates on Hold in Fight against Inflation; ECONOMICS
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, set the stock market ablaze yesterday - albeit briefly - with what was interpreted as an indication that the Bank may not raise interest rates this year...
Boxing: Gomez Determined to Write His Own Script against Amir
Michael Gomez is driven by the prospect of summoning a Hollywood-style ending to his extraordinary career by becoming the first man to beatAmir Khan at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday. The 31-year-old's life is being made into...
Cala Finance to Fund Group's Pounds 2.5m Residential Development; DEVELOPMENT
Cala Finance, the residential funding arm of residential and commercial property developer Cala Group, is to fully fund a pounds 2.7 million residential development in West Bromwich. The Birmingham office of Cala Finance is backing Cannock-based...
China Is Still the Land of Opportunity for UK Firms; EMERGING MARKETS Martineau Johnson Senior Partner, Roger Blears, One of Birmingham's Best-Known Corporate Lawyers, Believes Britain's Private Equity Providers Must Seize the Moment and Make China Their Number One Target
Byline: Roger Blears Roger Blears has been convinced since the late 1990s that China represents the world's biggest opportunity for deal-making. Now, fresh back from a 10-day visit to the Yangtze River region, he is convinced that a new initiative...
Colour - Free Local Derby Proves a Sorry Advert for the Twenty20 Revolution; James Peacock on a Desperately Drab A5air Which All the Pink Balls and Black Bats in the World Would Not Have Livened Up
Byline: James Peacock There were no left-handed swipes or anything resembling Kevin Pietersen's southpaw slogs here last night. No controversy, either; minimal excitement and a predictable result: just another cog in the Twenty20 revolution. ...
Consultation Will Not Block Plans to Close City's Doomed Post Offices
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Residents will not be able to block post office closures in Birmingham when they are announced next week, a Government Minister has warned. Trade Minister Pat McFadden (Lab Wolverhampton South West),...
Cost Cutting Helps Whitbread to Boost Sales by Seven per Cent; LEISURE
Byline: By Holly Williams Special correspondent Whitbread yesterday reassured over its "resilience" in the consumer downturn after the leisure group posted a 7.1 per cent rise in first quarter comparable sales. The Beefeater and Costa Coffee...
Coventry's Success Could See Influx of Relocated Civil Service Jobs; EMPLOYMENT
Byline: By Steve Pain Acting Business Editor More civil service jobs could be on their way to Coventry - according to one of the men responsible for relocating Government bodies and departments. Stuart Ladds, the relocation programme manager...
Credit Crunch Is Seen as an Opportunity Not a Problem; ENTERPRISE
Byline: By Tom Scotney Midlands entrepreneurs see the credit crunch as a new opportunity for growth, according to research from Ernst & Young. Its research found two out of three top entrepreneurs in the region thought the global financial...
Cricket: Referrals Will 'Enhance Game'
International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson believes that the decision to trial the umpire decision review system on India's tour of Sri Lanka shows the body is dedicated to enhancing the international game. The new system will...
Culture Secretary Opens Midland Enterprise Centre for Creative Arts; ENTERPRISE
Culture Secretary Margaret Hodge officially opened a Midland enterprise centre for the creative arts yesterday. The new Institute for Creative Arts at Coventry University was set up to nurture creative graduates in the Midlands by providing a network...
Culture: Suspension of Belief or a Salute to Generosity of Spirit and Verve
Byline: JOHN SLIM'S AMATEUR THEATRE At the risk of causing mortal offence to people I have no wish to upset, I want to pose a question. I'm asking it only because I don't know the answer. On the way to seeking that answer, there's a preliminary...
Culture: The Trials and Tribulations of Playing a Witch; Welsh National Opera's Graham Clark Tells Terry Grimley about the Trials and Rewards of Playing One of Opera's Most Celebrated Old Hags
Byline: Terry Grimley If there is one artist you are unlikely to recognise at the stage door after seeing his performance at Birmingham Hippodrome this week, it is probably Graham Clark. Singing the role of The Witch in Welsh National Opera's...
Deaths of Up to 60 Soldiers Blamed on Poor Equipment; POLITICS
Up to 60 servicemen have died in Iraq and Afghanistan because Gordon Brown failed to supply them with adequate equipment, the chairman of a Conservative commission claimed yesterday. Author Frederick Forsyth was speaking at the launch of the interim...
Dementia Research Cash Pitifully Low Say Experts; POLITICS
The NHS will not survive the next 20 years unless funding for dementia improves, leading scientists said today in a letter to the Health Secretary. Experts from 11 universities and colleges across the UK warned of the consequences from the increasing...
Disciplined Bears Take Big Bite out of Old Rivals; NEW ROAD: Warwickshire Beat Worcestershire by Seven Wickets
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Warwickshire sustained their impressive start to the Twenty20 Cup season with a resounding victory over local rivals Worcestershire at New Road last night. The margin of victory - cavernous in such...
Do We Have the Skills Jaguar Need?
Jaguar Land Rover's huge recruitment drive is a major shot in the arm for the automotive sector. But does the region now have the skill-base to meet the company's needs, asks John Cranage, Automotive Correspondent. Jaguar Land Rover said last night...
Edgbaston Is Leading the Way in City Letting Revival; COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Byline: By Steve Pain Acting Business Editor In one of the biggest deals in the city this year King Sturge Birmingham - acting on behalf of Capital & Counties - has clinched the letting of nearly 35,000 sq ft to government agency, the Tribunals...
Expensive Eco Town Schemes Poorly Thought out - Claim
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Proposals for an eco town in the countryside near Stratford-upon-Avon have been poorly thought out and would result in the development of expensive, inaccessible housing estates requiring huge subsidies...
Father Who Killed Children Left'bomb'
The man who killed himself and his two young children on Father's Day planted a hoax bomb at the family home, and told his wife: "I've left you a present." Brian Philcox, 52, was going through a break-up with his wife when he drove to a remote beauty...
Football: Bentley Registers on O'Neill's Radar; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Lisa Smith Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill's quest to bring in the players he feels capable of bolstering his squad and its European aspirations for next season is about to bear fruit with speculation that he has made bid for a number...
Football: McCourt Can Give Baggies a Touch of Brazil, Says Kenny
Byline: By James Peacock Winger Paddy McCourt will bring a bit of Brazilian eair to West Bromwich Albion, according to his Derry City manager Stephen Kenny. The 24-year-old, who last season picked up pounds 200 per week for Derry City and played...
Football: Muamba Exit Leaves McLeish with Task of Hunting Quality Replacement
Byline: By Rob Tanner The sale of midfielder Fabrice Muamba to Bolton Wanderers for pounds 5million was an offer Birmingham City could not refuse, manager Alex McLeish has explained. The sale of the promising 20-year-old to the Trotters came...
Football: Rangers Increase Bid for Lafferty to Leave Wolves Frustrated Again; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Rob Tanner Wolverhampton Wanderers were set to experience their second transfer disappointment of the summer yesterday as Burnley striker Kyle Lafferty looked likely to sign for Scottish Premier League side Rangers. Wolves had looked...
Football: Villa Fans Put Their Faith on a Fairy-Tale Ending
Byline: By Lisa Smith A party of Aston Villa fans are so keen to join their side in their first foray into Europe for years that they have taken the gamble of chartering a coach to Denmark for next month's Intertoto tournament even though Villa's...
FTSE 100 Gains as Fears of Rise in Interest Rates Recedes; MARKET REPORT SHARE PRICES
The FTSE 100 Index gained more than one per cent yesterday amid rising hopes that policymakers will hold off from tackling inflation with interest rate hikes. A sharp rise in the cost of living to 3.3 per cent in May was overshadowed by hints from...
Golf: Ailing Tiger Still Targeting Birkdale
Byline: By Simon Lewis in San Diego Tiger Woods is prepared to risk long-term injury in order to beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship victories. The world No 1 won his 14th major title with his third US Open victory on Monday after...
Horse Racing: Henry Navigates Palace Coup
Byline: By Martin Kelly Henrythenavigator emulated dual Guineas winner Rock Of Gibraltar when adding the St James's Palace Stakes to his Group One haul at Royal Ascot yesterday. Trainer Aidan O'Brien's name is synonymous with the mile showpiece...
Horse Racing: Marmalade Can Prove Sweet Again for O'Brien and Co
Byline: By Thomas Deane and Nick Robson Aidan O'Brien and Johnny Murtagh were in fearful form on day one of Royal Ascot and bookmakers are expecting the pair to hit their satchels hard again todayday. The duo, who teamed up to land the Queen...
INTERNATIONAL: McCanns Urge MEPs to Back Alert System for Abducted Children
Madeleine McCann's parents arrived in Strasbourg yesterday to again urge MEPs to back their campaign for a Europe-wide alert system for abducted children. Gerry and Kate McCann have until July 20 - the close of the plenary session - to collect the...
INTERNATIONAL: Mugabe Tries to Place Blame for Zimbabwe Violence on Opposition
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe yesterday attempted to blame his political opponents for the violence and fear being stirred up by his own thuggish supporters. As the June 27 run-off presidential election nears, Mr Mugabe's regime has stepped up its campaign...
INTERNATIONAL: Odds against Mann Fleeing the Coup
Byline: By Bill Jones The trial of a British mercenary accused of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea got under way yesterday. Former SAS officer Simon Mann is alleged to have been the leader of a group who planned to overthrow the West African...
ISIS Plan to Transform Icknield Port Loop; REGENERATION
Byline: By Steve Pain Acting Business Editor ISIS Waterside Regeneration - working together with regional development agency Advantage West Midlands and Birmingham City Council - is setting sail with regeneration plans to transform Birmingham's...
JLR to Recruit Hundreds of New Engineers for Eco-Jags; JAGUAR LAND-ROVER
Byline: By John Cranage Automotive Correspondent Jaguar Land Rover is launching a huge recruitment drive to find up to 600 new employees, less than a month after a pounds 1.15 billion takeover by TataMotors of India was completed. The luxury...
King's Confidence Is Keeping Pace with the Size of His Signature
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Forget, for a minute, governor Mervyn King's midnight oil burned composing his letter of explanation to Chancellor Darling, or the finely honed nuances of his syntax. Look at the signature. It is, forgive me, king-size,...
Lawn Tennis: Davenport Keeping Her Hopes High of Making Wimbledon Start Line; TENNIS: EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Bill Pierce Lindsay Davenport is praying she will be fit for herWimbledon comeback after being forced to withdraw from Eastbourne's InternationalWomen's Open because of a knee injury. The 32-year-old American, who won the All-England...
Lawyer Accused of Lying in Pounds 19m Discrimination Tribunal Case
A City lawyer who is claiming pounds 19 million in damages after a tribunal ruled she had suffered sex discrimination and harassment at work has been accused of failing to tell the hearing the whole truth, documents revealed. Atribunal yesterday...
Leamington Firm Sharply in Focus as Profit Margin Soars; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Byline: By Anna Blackaby Business Staff Shares in Leamington Spa-based Focus Solutions soared yesterday following its announcement of a jump in pre-tax profits. Focus Solutions, which supplies enterprise solutions to the financial services industry,...
Life Sentences for the Killers of Teenager
Two gunmen face life sentences for killing an innocent schoolboy as he slept in his bed. Michael Dosunmu, 15, died after being sprayed with bullets from a Mac-10 sub-machine gun. He had been sleeping under a duvet in the bedroom he shared with his...
Ministers Show Restraint with Pay Rises; POLITICS
All Government ministers are to forgo their pay rises for 2008-09 to reflect the importance of public sector wage restraint at a time of economic uncertainty, Downing Street announced yesterday. Prime Minister Gordon Brown rejected a recommendation...
Misconduct Charges for Three Care Home Nurses
Byline: By Emma Brady Health Correspondent Three nurses who worked at a Birmingham nursing home, where 27 residents died in one year, could be struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council today. Kathleen Smith, who ran the Maypole Nursing...
MP Promises Clamp Down on Rip-Off Store Cards; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A clamp down on rip-off store cards has been pledged by a Birmingham MP. Shadow Cabinet member Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield) said a Conservative Government would introduce stringent controls...
NHS Puzzled by City's Worstin - UK Infant Mortality Rates; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor The NHS has admitted it does not know why Birmingham has the worst infant mortality figures in the country. A House of Commons inquiry warned that "unexplained variations" between the death rate in...
Nineties Man White Ensures Northants Remain Perfect; TWENTY20 CUP REVIEW
Byline: By Timothy Abraham Opener Rob White hit an unbeaten 94 to maintain Northamptonshire's 100 per cent start to the Twenty20 Cup with a six-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Milton Keynes last night. The visitors had reached 170 for...
No Fare! More Taxis Mean Less Money; POLITICS
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Taxi drivers are struggling to make a living in Birmingham because there are too many licensed cabs on the roads, according to a new study. Research carried out for the city council found an ample supply...
No Lifeboat This Time as Stock Market Sinks to 13-Month Low; EMERGING MARKETS
Byline: By Lu Jianxin Special Correspondent When China's stock market sank to a 13-month low in April, regulators mounted a rescue operation which lifted the market 25 per cent in two weeks. But now stocks have gone even lower, and there's no sign...
Osama Bin Laden's Right-Hand Man in Europe to Be Freed
The firebrand preacher once described as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" was set to be freed last night. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the Redditch MP, said she was "extremely disappointed" that Abu Qatada would be out on the streets....
Planned Sale of Bullring Stake Seen as Barometer for Market; RETAIL
Land Securities' attempt to offload its Bullring stake will define the fortunes of the city's retail sector for the remainder of 2008, according to a leading Birmingham property agent. David Smeeton, who heads the Colliers CRE office, believes the...
Rugby Union: England Look to Flood Midfield
Byline: By Alex Lowe in Christchurch England have attempted to lock down their saloon-door midfield for Saturday's second Test against New Zealand by installing Jamie Noon at inside centre and Toby Flood at flyhalf. The recalled duo are among...
Same Old Story from England for Henry
Byline: By Emma Stoney in Christchurch Rob Andrew's criticism of New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and his tactics at the breakdown has been dismissed as an "old story" by All Blacks coach Graham Henry. Henry has returned fire on Andrew after...
Short and Begg to Give Their Views on Tony Blair's Legacy
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi A conference examining the legacy of the Blair years will be held in Birmingham next week. Speakers at the day-long event include Ladywood MP Clare Short - who resigned from the former Prime Minister's Government in protest...
Signs of Pub Trade Recovery from Smoking Ban; LEISURE
Byline: By John Sedgwick Business Staff The introduction of the smoking ban across England and Wales has led to some of the worst trading seen the in UK pub sector and has been the subject of much speculation, angst and concern within the industry....
Small Firms Are Told by Bibby to Get Tough with Late Payers; ENTERPRISE
Small businesses need to become more rigorous with customers as the impact of the credit crunch makes times tougher, Bibby Financial Services has said. And with an estimated pounds 18.6 billion owed to Britain's SMEs at any one time and the global...
Stricter Bail Conditions May Infringe on Human Rights; POLITICS
Human rights laws may prevent the Government from introducing tougher limits on bail for suspected murderers, it was revealed yesterday. A long-awaited consultation paper from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said that a move to restrict bail in murder...
Surge in Cost of Living Will Give King Lots to Write about; INFLATION
Byline: By Russell Lynch Special correspondent Yesterday's letter exchange between Bank of England governor Mervyn King and Chancellor Alistair Darling is expected to mark the start of an extended correspondence as the cost of living surges. ...
Swann Delighted to Watch Pietersen Flick the Excitement Switch
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Graeme Swann believes the cricket world will set its sights on emulating Kevin Pietersen's switch-hit shot - and is confident none of the world's leading players will match his stunning display. England's one-day off-spinner...
Taking Field without a Care in the World; by Alex Lowe
Sheffield Wednesday's loss is England rugby's gain. Danny Care, the Harlequins scrum half, will make his first Test start against New Zealand on Saturday just six years after being told he was too small to play football. And Care believes the...
The Bigger Picture: Bringing a Ray of Hope to Redeem Lost Souls; Jo Ind Reports on Bringing Hope, the Charity That Organised the Conference at Which Pat Regan Spoke
Byline: Jo Ind Bringing Hope is a Christian organisation that works to transform and reform those suffering from negative, harmful and destructive lifestyles. Its aim is to see churches working together and with other agencies to support those...
The Bigger Picture: Pat's Resolve Rekindles Faith in Fight to End Cycle of Gun and Knife Violence; on Friday the Body of Pat Regan, Who Was Killed Earlier This Month, Will Be Laid to Rest. Two Birmingham Pastors Tell Jo Ind How Her Work of Bringing Peace Amidst the Violence of the Streets Goes On
Byline: Jo Ind When Pat Regan was last in Birmingham she said she would be coming back. The 53-year-old mother from Leeds, whose son Danny was murdered six years ago, wanted to return to the city to hear how church and community leaders were...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Backward Step
It used to be the case that becoming a taxi driver was almost as difficult as joining an elite gentlemen's club, and it was not uncommon to hear stories of licence plates changing hands for thousands of pounds. As a result, it was difficult to find...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Councils May Be Powerless on Eco Towns
Councils finding themselves under pressure to grant planning permission for eco towns are right to be suspicious of an initiative which is so closely linked to the Government push for record levels of house building. While West Midlands local authorities...
'Universities Turn a Blind Eye to Cheating to Boost Results'
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent A leading Midland academic yesterday warned that Britain's degree classification system has reached its "sell by date" amid claims that lecturers are being put under pressure to turn a blind eye to...
Wasps Handed Tough Task after Draw; HEINEKEN CUP
Byline: By Rich Jones Guinness Premiership champions Wasps will have to be at their very best if they are to make an impact on next season's Heineken Cup, according to director of rugby Ian McGeechan. Yesterday's draw for the group stage of the...
Women Get Helping Hand Up the Corporate Ladder to Leadership Role; ENTERPRISE
A new national initiative is coming to the Midlands to increase the number of women in leadership roles in the area. Only 13 per cent of companies in the UK are run by women - less than half the number in the US. And a series of seminars being...
Woolwich Joins Rush to Cut Rates Offers While Raising Prices; MORTGAGES
Byline: By Nicky Burridge Special correspondent The Woolwich yesterday withdrew two of its products as it became the latest lender to raise its mortgage rates. The group is no longer offering a lifetime tracker mortgage for people wanting to...
Yesterday Marked the First Day of Royal
Yesterday marked the first day of Royal Ascot as fashionistas gathered to show off their fine attire and fantastic hats (as pictured above) - and watch some horse racing. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York, the Queen travelled...