The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from July 23, 2008

999 Calls Fuel Oil Fears
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi The public is being asked to think twice before dialing 999 as soaring fuel costs start to cut into the budgets of emergency services. A trip to the pharmacy or phoning NHS Direct could provide the medical help needed...
Alcohol Industry Faces Tough New Laws to Curb UK Binge Drinking; POLITICS
The alcohol industry faces tough new laws unless it does more to encourage sensible drinking, the Government said yesterday. A ban on happy hours, cheap promotions and the sale of alcohol at checkouts are all being considered by ministers keen to...
Apprenticeship Incentives Get Lukewarm Response - IoD; TRAINING
Government incentives to persuade employers to improve the skills of young workers through apprenticeships schemes have received only a lukewarm response, according to the Institute of Directors. The IoD Education Quarterly, which focuses on the...
Athletics: Derham's Late Burst Brings Beijing Joy
Byline: By Brian Dick Even the best season of her career, one in which she defended her national title, threw further than ever before and helped the women's team finish a hugely credible third in the European Cup, had not been enough to earn Zoe...
Barry's Quality Is Not Enough to Silence Jeers in Villa Victory; Walsall 2 Aston Villa 3
Byline: By Lisa Smith at The Banks's Stadium Gareth Barry was forced to play through the jeers of the Aston Villa boo-boys last night as he made a surprise re-appearance in a Villa shirt as the club's second string struggled to snatch a 3-2 victory...
Birmingham Entry Heading for Hockenheim; ACCOUNTANTS
Byline: By Steve Pain Acting Business Editor Chartered accountants Clement Keys is helping a group of engineering students from the University of Birmingham build careers in motorsport by supporting their entry in this year's Formula Student. ...
Birmingham Idea of 'Urban Extensions' to Meet Targets; Plans to Increase the Population of Birmingham by 100,000 Are Likely to Involve Substantial House-Building in Sensitive Rural Locations, Reports Public Affairs Editor Paul Dale
Byline: Paul Dale The authors of the draft Birmingham Local Development Framework, which suggests addressing the Government drive for more housing by building 5,000 dwellings in the green belt, admit somewhat superfluously that their proposals may...
Birmingham Return to Capital Growth Likely by 2010; the Bigger Picture
Times may be getting tougher for Birmingham's commercial property market - but there is light at the end of the tunnel, experts at property consultancy Atisreal are predicting. Research presented at Atisreal's economic review seminar in Birmingham...
Blackstone Believed to Be in Talks to Buy Paragon; FINANCIAL SERVICES
Byline: By Anna Blackaby Business Staff Solihull-based buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon (PAG) yesterday said it was holding "exploratory" talks with parties interested in buying the troubled company. Although Paragon, one of the first UK lenders...
BOA Have Got Balance about Right on Drugs, Says Pinsent
Byline: By Riath Al-Samarrai Sir Matthew Pinsent has applauded the British Olympic Association's tough stance on drug cheats, but suspects it is a battle they are never going to win. The BOA's bylaw 25, which imposes a lifetime Olympic ban on...
Boeing Chief Issues Grim Warning over Global Market; EMERGING MARKETS
Boeing has warned it is likely to face increased risk within emerging markets as the global economy continues to slow. The aircraft manufacturer, supplied by several aerospace companies in the Midlands, said it expected business to get tougher in...
Brown Flags Up 'Fundamental Change' in Forces' Mission to Iraq; POLITICS
Britain's military force in Iraq will remain 4,100 strong for the "next few months," the Prime Minister told the Commons yesterday. But troop reductions will be made later as a "fundamental change of mission" occurs in the early months of next year....
Brown Puts Green Slant on Future during Show Walkabout; AUTOMOTIVE
Gordon Brown showed off his green credentials yesterday when he visited the British International Motor Show as it opened in London. As well as viewing environmentally friendly vehicles, the Prime Minister announced a raft of measures to persuade...
BSkyB to Take on Apple with New Online Music Service; MEDIA
Byline: By Kate Holton Special correspondent Britain's largest pay-TV firm, BSkyB, is to launch an online subscription music service and has signed the world's largest music group, Universal, as its first partner in a deal that could challenge Apple...
Businesswoman Looks to Breathe New Life into the Traditional Funeral; ENTERPRISE
A Staffordshire woman is setting herself up as the country's first "funeral consultant", offering tailored final days for people looking to go out in style. Glorianna Langley-Finch, from Uttoxeter, decided to trade in her ten-year career as a funeral...
City Housing Targets Put Green Belt under Threat
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Green belt land surrounding Birmingham could be swallowed up by 5,000 new homes if ambitious plans to increase the city's population by 10 per cent are to be achieved, it emerged last night. Conservation...
Construction Industry Is Still in Good Shape, despite Tales of Woe; the Bigger Picture the Past Month Has Been One of the Hardest Times for Construction Firms in Recent Memory. Tom Scotney Looks at Pressures Hitting the Industry
Byline: Tom Scotney The headlines will have made grim reading for anyone involved in construction in recent weeks. At the start of the month, the group behind the development of Arena Central - which includes the V Building, one of the most recognisable...
Cricket: Much-Criticised Pattinson 'Was Best Man for the Job '
Byline: By Richard Gibson England coach Peter Moores has defended the selection of Darren Pattinson in the aftermath of the Second Test defeat agauin South Africa - insisting it was not an indictment of the system. Handing a debut to the Australia-raised...
Cricket: Worcester on Charge after Kabir Goes on Taking Wickets; CRICKET: LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
LORD'S (first day, Middlesex won toss): Middlesex 300, Worcestershire 9-0 Kabir Ali, in another penetrative and economical display as more celebrated England Test contender Simon Jones rested, reminded the England selectors once again of his value...
Culture: An Inspector Calls - If He Can Find His Way to the Theatre; JOHN SLIM'S AMATEUR THEATRE
Byline: JOHN SLIM According to my Monday-afternoon exploration of its website, Birmingham's Crescent Theatre has been bemusing them at Google with its efforts to tell the world where it is. (For the record, it's in Brindleyplace, almost picturesquely...
Culture: Stretching the Boundaries; Theatre Having Just Managed to Survive the Arts Council's Cuts in January, the Award-Winning Birmingham Opera Company Is Preparing to Make an International Splash Alongside the Canal in Ladywood. Terry Grimley Meets Artistic Director Graham Vick
Byline: Terry Grimley For a man used to working in grand opera venues like La Scala and Venice's restored 18th century jewel La Fenice, Graham Vick seems remarkably excited to be directing an opera in a disused rubber factory in Ladywood. The...
Cycling: Canny Dessel Uses Slopes in Quick Descent to Victory; CYCLING:TOUR DE FRANCE
Byline: By James Coyne Cyril Dessel's masterly descent of the Col de la Bonette-Restefond clinched the prestigious 16th stage of the Tour de France from Cuneo to Jausiers as Frank Schleck retained the yellow jersey. The Ag2r-La Mondiale rider...
Cycling: OLYMPICS FOR BEGINNERRS
Overview Man's natural desire to race just about anything that moves saw the first bicycle races contested on the original "penny farthing" cycles first developed in 1817, but the real breakthrough came when bikes were redesigned with front and rear...
De Menezes Family Are Still Waiting for Justice
Family and friends of Jean Charles de Menezes held a vigil yesterday to mark three years since he was erroneously shot dead by police in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings. At 10.03am, the time of the fatal shooting in 2005, a minute's...
Durham Complete Prolonged Path to Finals Day; TWENTY20 CUP
Byline: By Andy Hampson After two changes of opponents, Durham qualified for the Twenty20 Cup finals day by seeing off Glamorgan at Riverside last night. Durham had expected to play Yorkshire a fortnight ago but the White Rose county were eliminated...
Emerging Central Banks Are a Worry; EMERGING MARKETS
Byline: By Sebastian Tong Special Correspondent Tougher economic times are making investors more impatient with what they see as monetary policy flaws by emerging market central banks, driving up borrowing costs for emerging issuers seen to be soft...
Employment Law Re-Think Threatens Kolpak Influx
Byline: By Myles Hodgson A new interpretation in European employment law could reduce the number of Kolpak players in county cricket. South Africans and players from the Caribbean can play as domestic players under the Cotonou Treaty, which has...
Fears of 100,000 Airline Jobs Being Shed by End of Year; AVIATION
The head of Australian airline Qantas yesterday predicted the aviation industry would shed 100,000 jobs worldwide by the end of the year as high fuel costs force massive restructuring. Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon, who last week announced...
Fears Spanish Economy Facing Rapid Slide; FINANCE
Byline: By Paul Day Special correspondent Spain's public finances may slip into deficit for the first time in four years in 2008, Economy Minister Pedro Solbes said yesterday - adding to concerns that the economy is in rapid decline. "If growth...
FSA Planning 'Targeted' Visits to Clamp Down on Mortgage Fraud; ECONOMICS
The Financial Services Authority is planning a campaign of 200 "targeted" visits to mortgage brokers in a drive to clamp down on fraud linked to home loans. These will seek to assess their systems and controls for combating fraudsters rather than...
Great Portland Says Worse Is on Way; COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Byline: By Sinead Cruise Special correspondent Great Portland yesterday posted a four per cent fall in the value of its properties and warned conditions in Britain's embattled property market would worsen before the end of 2008, knocking its shares....
Helping Pub Landlords in Trouble Brings Pressures; LEISURE
Byline: By Russell Lynch and Steve Pain The UK's second biggest pubs group yesterday admitted that the cost of helping out landlords struggling in tougher trading conditions was putting profits under pressure. West Midlands-based Enterprise Inns,...
Home Loan Advisers' Work Slammed in Study; POLITICS
Fewer than one in 10 mortgage intermediaries are providing acceptable advice, putting consumers at risk of taking out an unsuitable mortgage, a consumer group warned yesterday. Which? Money said four out of 50 advisers based at banks, estate agents...
Huge Jump in Requests for 'Spying' Powers in Last Year; POLITICS
The number of official "spying" requests for private communications data such as telephone records jumped to more than 500,000 last year, it was revealed yesterday. Use of the techniques by local councils was criticised by the Chief Surveillance...
INTERNATIONAL: Palestinian Shot Dead after Second Digger A1ack in a Month
A Palestinian was shot dead after going on the rampage in Jerusalem in a mechanical digger yesterday, the second such attack in a month. The man, from east Jerusalem, rammed three cars and a bus wounding four before he was stopped. The attack...
INTERNATIONAL: Serb Leader Karadzic Finally Found after 13-Year Manhunt
Byline: By John Davies A manhunt lasting more than a decade has come to an end with the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's most wanted men. The former Bosnian Serb president was indicted in 1995 on charges of genocide and crimes against...
INTERNATIONAL: Yugoslav Collapse Brought War to Europe
The eventual break-up of Communist Yugoslavia in the early 1990s brought war back to mainland Europe. Following declarations of independence by the Slovenes and Croats in 1991, fighting broke out in Croatia. The following year, in a referendum,...
Investors Hang Up on Vodafone as Revenues Fail to Ring Bells; TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Rattled investors yesterday gave Vodafone a stock market hammering after the mobile phone giant warned of revenues at the bottom end of hopes. Its shares fell as much as 16 per cent - wiping more than pounds 11 billion off the value of the business...
Jarvis Back in the Swing as Wolves Look to Improve
Byline: Rob Tanner What a difference a year makes for WolverhamptonWanderers winger Matt Jarvis, writes Rob Tanner. Twelve months ago, the 22-year-old had just joined from Gillingham and was looking forward to showing theMolineux faithful what...
Jury out over Canoe Wife in Pounds 250,000 Fraud Hearing
A jury was sent out to consider its verdicts yesterday in the pounds 250,000 fraud trial of Anne Darwin, the wife of the back-from-the-dead canoeist. The 56-year-old admits helping her husband John carry out an elaborate plot to fake his death in...
King Plans Bank Fund to Pay for Collapses; POLITICS
Byline: By Matt Dickinson Banks should pay money up front into a multibillion-pound fund aimed at compensating customers when a bank collapses, the Bank of England's governor told MPs yesterday. Mervyn King said he would expect the depositor...
Laverty Leadership Brings Praise for AWM Successes; POLITICS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A pounds 290 million Government agency set up to support West Midlands businesses has received a vote of confidence from Ministers after less than a year under new leadership. The Department for Business...
Lawn Tennis: Warwickshire Upset Red Rose to Stay on Course for Shock; TENNIS: COUNTYWEEK
Byline: By Sally Jones Warwickshire's women produced a superb allround performance to upset reigning champions Lancashire 6-3 on day two of the Inter-County Championship Group One at Eastbourne. Despite missing several stalwarts through injury...
Look to the Positives We Will Come through Crunch Leaner; AGENDA Professor Mike West, an Organisational Psychologist, and Executive Dean of Aston Business School, Says People Should Think Positively If They Want to Overcome Economic Woes
Byline: Professor Mike West Are we talking ourselves into a deeper crisis with the credit crunch, fuel crisis and business declining. Are we heading towards recession and are we doing it because we're talking ourselves into it? It's clear that...
Lord Dale Boldly Going on Spending to Launch Star Property Enterprise; ENTERPRISE
A Black Country property entrepreneur has gone on a multi-million pound shopping spree, saying the credit crunch has created opportunities for businessmen willing to be bold. Lord Kultar Dale, based in Wolverhampton, has spent more than pounds 10...
Magic Tricks May Help to Understand Human Mind
Magic tricks, like those by Derren Brown and David Blaine, should be studied more closely to gain a deeper knowledge of the way human beings think and act, according to research published today. A new study concludes that elements of human cognition...
McLeish Still Keen to See Deal Pushed through for Pearson; FOOTBALL: COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Rob Tanner Birmingham City have not pulled the plug on the deal to sign Derby County's Stephen Pearson, despite concerns over the player's ftness. The Rams and Blues had agreed a fee of around pounds 600,000 and the Scottish midfelder...
Meter Users Drying Up and Costing Severn Trent Pounds 14m; UTILITIES
Byline: By Graeme Evans and John Cranage Lower water consumption levels among customers with meters will wipe up to pounds 14 million from revenues at Severn Trent (SVT) in the current financial year. However, the Coventry-based utility company...
Midland Firms Should Get in Race to Win Chinese Gold; EMERGING MARKETS
Byline: MARK EATON With less than a month to go to the start of the Olympics, China is definitely set to take the world stage. I've just returned from a market visit which included Beijing and the people are so proud of the fact that they are...
Mmm Beer - Plans Afoot for National Brewing Museum
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor It's been part of our culture since before the Romans. Celtic pagans considered it sacred, fifth century monks prized it for its purity. But Britain has no national museum dedicated to the contribution...
Motor Show Will Illustrate the State of the Industry; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: By John Cranage Automotive Correspondent Cars with a showroom value of more than pounds 37 million will be unveiled to the public when the British International Motor Show opens today. New models and variants will go on show - among them...
MP McFadden Referees Battle for Soul of the Labour Party
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A Black Country MP is on the front line of a battle between Gordon Brown and trade unions for the soul of the Labour Party, which will be played out this weekend at Warwick University. Pat McFadden,...
Non-Silicon Solar Company Raises Pounds 15m Backing; TECHNOLOGY
Byline: By Steve Pain Acting Business Editor UK-based solar power company G24 Innovations has raised nearly pounds 15 million from specialist investors 4RAE and expects further funding rounds, it said yesterday. Cardiff-based G24i makes solar...
Opera Fans from around the World Rushing to Disused Rubber Factory
Byline: By Terry Grimley Arts Editor Opera companies from Venice, Lisbon, Brussels, Verona, Madrid and Austria are expected to send representatives to see a production of Mozart's Idomeneo at a disused rubber factory in Birmingham next month. ...
Patients Win Settlement after Judge Intervenes
A test case legal battle over NHS funding of sight-saving treatment for a degenerative eye disease has been settled in favour of the patients. Novartis, the manufacturers of a new drug used to treat the condition, wrote to the court last week in...
Putting Iron into the SMEs Burning for Office Space; REGENERATION
Byline: By Steve Pain Acting Business Editor A former iron works site in north Staffordshire is being transformed into a business enterprise centre in an pounds 11 million investment that is forecast to create 30 new businesses and 96 jobs. A...
REVIEW: Lill Lets the Music Talk; John Lill Birmingham Conservatoire ****
Byline: Norman Stinchcombe John Lill prefaced the opening recital in this year's Birmingham International Piano Academy with a few words, only a few he said: "Because what really matters is the music." His short and incisive introductions were...
Santander Still Set for Shopping Spree with Sale to Fund Growth; BANKING
Byline: By Judith MacInnes Special correspondent Santander's shopping habit is unlikely to be broken with British mortgage lender Alliance & Leicester and asset sales could be used to fund more acquisitions. In the last week, media have reported...
SCi Calls for Lara and Bruce to Rescue Struggling Games Group; COMPUTER GAMES
Byline: By John Sedgwick Business Staff Lara Croft games publisher SCi Entertainment announced it expects underlying losses of up to pounds 100 million on revenues of about pounds 134 million for the full year ended June 30. The full-year loss...
SmartWater Collars Child Robbery Mastermind; ENTERPRISE
Byline: By Tom Scotney Enterprise Editor Scientists at a WestMidlands firm have created new technology that has helped the Sweeney track down the leader of a gang of child criminals. Criminal Ali Lwanga was tracked down by the Flying Squad for a...
Smith Fears for Future as Trial Rules Move Closer
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Ian Smith has expressed his concern over the advent of the Experimental Law Variations, which come into force next week and says he is suspicious about the motives behind the rule changes. The Moseley...
Specialist Bank Team at Colliers to Help through Credit Crunch; FINANCE
The Birmingham office of Colliers (CRE) has created a specialist banking advisory team to help guide finance sector clients through the credit crunch. The 15-strong unit will span the range of the agents' activities; commercial property, automotive...
Supermarkets Launch Petrol Cuts Price War
Supermarkets launched a petrol price war yesterday, with three of Britain's leading chains cutting the cost of unleaded and diesel by up to 5p a litre. Supermarket chain Asda announced it would cut the cost of unleaded and diesel by 3p a litre,...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Now the Brick's Unlikely to Stop at Green Belt
If a week in politics is a long time then a year must be an eternity, but it is now almost 12 months since West Midlands council leaders reluctantly offered Whitehall a compromise by agreeing to plan for 362,000 new homes to be built across the region...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Seeking Unity
There's a sense that some sections of the Labour movement have already given up on government and have adopted the mindset of opposition. Backing a return to secondary picketing is not the policy of any party which expects the public actually to...
The Butterfly Effect of Romanian Mobiles on Spanish Building Sites
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL A butterfly flutters its wings in the Amazonian rain forest and an American investment banker leaps to his death on Wall Street - or what have you. Vodafone gave a telling demonstration yesterday of the inter-relation...
Times Are Hard, but Late Invoice Payment Is Still out of Order; ENTERPRISE
Byline: DENISE CRAIG When the going gets tough, the tough get going - one cliche that is certainly proving to be the case for many small businesses in the current economic climate, particularly those who have dealings with big companies. The big...
UK's Biggest Equity Deal This Year Sees Pounds 1.1bn Purchase of Young's; TAKEOVER
Byline: By Matt Dickinson Special correspondent The owner of Weetabix and Orangina yesterday added seafood firm Young's to its portfolio after agreeing a pounds 1.1 billion takeover. Private equity group Lion Capital has agreed a deal with Capvest...
Vodafone Makes a Bad Call as London Heads into Red; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
Mobile phone giant Vodafone weighed the London market down in the red yesterday after shaking investors with disappointing revenue forecasts. The heavyweight stock fell almost 14 per cent during a sell off, knocking around 45 points off the FTSE...
Walmley's Baker Wins Stanford Bonanza Chance
Byline: By Brian O'Sullivan Warwickshire second XI and Walmley player Lionel Baker was yesterday selected in a preliminary 32-strong Stanford Superstars training squad for the November 1 pounds 10 million match against England in Antigua. Baker,...
While Poor Old Eastside Waits, Manchester Gets Even More Trams; AGENDA
Byline: TERRY GRIMLEY Thanks to the internet I've just caught up with the news feature BBC Midlands made a couple of months ago about Birmingham's G8 summer and its legacy. It's something in which I have a personal interest because I was invited...
Willow Dancer Has the Right Moves to Sparkle at Sandown
Byline: By Stable Boy Willow Dancer has done very little wrong this season and few would begrudge him victory in the Wey Handicap at Sandown. Having got off the mark with a decisive victory at Bath last month, the four-year-old has now ;nished...