The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from October 22, 2009

Ability of Determined Delph Must Be Allied to Patience - O'Neill
Byline: LISASMITH Martin O'Neill has hailed midfield marauder Fabian Delph insisting the player has the "natural ability and inner determination" to be a real star. By the same token the Villa manager believes the youngster will have to be patient...
Agent Coup for Team of Consultants Bigwood
Byline: ALUNTHORNE Business property consultancy Bigwood has snapped up one of Birmingham's best known office agents to boost its Colmore Row team. John Batsford, formerly of leading agents such as Colliers CRE, CBRE, Hillier Parker, Chesterton...
A Great Place to Do Business
The Jewellery Quarter is home to over 1600 businesses with many of them in the professional and creative sectors, although jewellery making still plays a major part in the economy with the Quarter containing Europe's largest school of jewellery and...
Backing for Troubled Benitez from Former Liverpool Manager Evans
Byline: PAULWALKER An under-fire Rafael Benitez yesterday received the support of a former Liverpool boss and one of the club's heroes of Istanbul in the aftermath of their Champions League nightmare. And he also received some better injury news...
Big Bank Bonuses Key to Economic Recovery
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Last night at the O2 Arena in London, the return of a reformed Spandau Ballet heralded another bout of 1980s nostalgia. But it's not just Spandau who are poking their bouffant bonces above the parapet for the first time since...
Birmingham City Council Has Failed [...]
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Birmingham City Council has failed to protect one of its most historic suburbs from a controversial housing development by ignoring laws passed nearly 20 years ago, it was claimed last night. Gisela Stuart MP launched a...
Blok's Green Credentials Grow with Living Wall
Byline: ALUNTHORNE As pressure mounts on companies to be more sustainable, a Birmingham property developer has taken an innovative approach to further its 'green' credentials. Blok Properties has installed a 'green wall' at its new office scheme,...
Blues Need Six in Transfer Window Says O'Connor; BARCLAY'S PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: ANDYWALKER Birmingham City striker Garry O'Connor believes that the club need to sign up to six players in the January transfer window. Manager Alex McLeish has already revealed that Carson Yeung's financial pledge has allowed him to...
Brown Solution to Financial Woe at Odds with View of King
Gordon Brown has ruled out a break-up of the banks in a bid to prevent future catastrophic financial collapses. The Prime Minister said improved international regulation was the best way to ensure the stability of the system. His comments put...
Button Savours Battle of Britons; FORMULA ONE
Jenson Button would love to battle Lewis Hamilton for the Formula One crown next season. Hamilton's attempt to become the first British driver to win back-to-back titles was effectively over long before Button had won six of the first seven races...
Cabrera a Winner Even If He Happens to Be Last; GOLF
Byline: MARKGARROD Masters champion Angel Cabrera is in the enviable position of being able to play as badly as he wants these two weeks - and still earn a fortune. Cabrera was in Bermuda yesterday for the second round of the 36-hole fourman...
Cannock Men and Women Facing Tough Test in Reading
Byline: HOCKEY PAULRAYMER Both the leading West Midland men's and women's teams in the England Hockey League - Cannock and Olton - face the challenging Berkshire club Reading this Saturday. The most fiery battle is expected in the men's Premier...
Clark Fails to Make Grade for European Tour Dream
Moor Hall professional Cameron Clark saw his European Tour dreams in tatters yesterday after being forced to pull out of the Srixon PGA Play-Offs with a back injury. Clark, competing in his third PGA Play-Offs, walked off after 15 holes at Little...
Clean-Tech Sector Gets Pounds 18bn in New Funding
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY Clean-tech start-ups in the United Kingdom are set to get a shot in the arm after the Government announced additional funding of up to pounds 18million for the clean energy sector. The investment, which will be delivered...
Clegg Appeal for Profits Tax on Banks in PM Clash
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg called for a tax on bank profits as he clashed with Gordon Brown over the economy. At Prime Minister's question time, Mr Clegg also echoed Bank of England Governor Mervyn King's call for big banks to be broken...
Comparisons a Tad Premature; City View
Sion Simon, Minister for the Creative Industries, yesterday compared the city's digerati to the great industrialists of Birmingham's past, ready to take their position immortalised in gilded bronze, proudly comparing MacBooks on a plinth outside the...
Consultation Launched over Maternity Merger Plans
Byline: ALISONDAYANI A three month public consultation into controversial plans to merge maternity services across Sandwell and Birmingham has been launched. Residents, staff and community groups have until January 18 to register their views...
Costlier Energy Bills Likely as Report Praises Producers
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN Experts are predicting that manufacturers face a return to spiralling energy bills - just as a new report claims productionfirms are turning the corner. The CBI's industrial trends survey for October showed a four per cent balance...
'Credible Result' from New Vote
David Miliband insisted yesterday that the second ballot run-off in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election could deliver a genuine expression of the will of the country's voters. Amid concerns that the November 7 poll could be as tarred by...
Estates Plan for Holiday Retreat on the Banks of Bard's River
Avon Estates Ltd, which owns and operates three holiday parks alongside the River Avon in Stratford, has submitted plans to build a multi-million pound clubhouse at the heart of the parks overlooking the river. A planning application submitted to...
Experts Offer Free Help to Social Enterprises
Help is at hand for social enterprises and not-for-profit community organisations wanting to increase their sustainability and find new ways of getting income. They are being urged to register for a professional advice surgery and funding fair being...
Expose the Hate; as the BBC Prepares to Host the BNP on Tonight's Question Time, Charlie Mole Explains Why It Is an Essential Move
Byline: Charlie Mole The most famous example of fascism, and the one around which we frame modern debates, is that of the obvious: Nazi Germany. 1920s Germany came to inspire the rise of a vicious racism which is so infamous it needs no more...
Fed Up Businesses Decide Stop Royal Mail Chaos
Byline: TOMSCOTNEY Businesses intheWestMidlands turned their backs on the RoyalMail yesterday as the threat of strikes loomed. Ithasbeenpredictedthestrikeswould meantwomillion letters and parcelswill go undelivered, which would cause chaos for...
Five-Star Treatment Foranoperatitan; Handel Is Set to Take over Malvern Next Week. Christopher Morley Explains
Byline: Christopher Morley Roll over Elgar, Handel is set to take over Malvern next week, when English Touring Opera bring productions of no fewer than five Handel operas to the Festival Theatre. Billed as "the largest Handel Opera Festival inEurope",...
Gibson to Act Fast on Next Boro' Boss
Byline: COCA-COLACHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson hopes to be able to name Gareth Southgate's successor as manager in the next 48 hours. Gibson, who dismissed the former England defender late last night, did so having already...
Girlfriend More of a Worry to Running Kemp Than the Police
Normally when people run away from the police they are trying to escape from the consequences of what they have done. But when Warren Kemp fled from officers on a drink driving offence in Birmingham it was because he was more worried about what...
Girls Made Being Called to the Bar Such a Pleasure
Byline: john bright Mostmen like a girl who takes orders... And theywere all pulling the pints atMetro in Birmingham, raising bothmoney for charity and male temperatures. AlexBishop, KayCadman, DawnRoberts, Roula Samaha, JoSollom, Lorraine Francis...
Gloom Delays Pounds 1.8bn Regeneration Project
Byline: SOPHIECROSS Developers behind a pounds 1.8 billion project to regenerate north Solihull have been forcedtoscaleback theplansasaresult of the economic downturn, it was announced yesterday. More than 500 residents, who would have seen their...
Good Industrial Relations Still Needed in Changing World
Postal strike - page 6 The world is changing quickly, but many traditional services remain as important as ever. Millions of us prefer writing letters to exchanging pleasantries by e-mail. Indeed, the popularity of web-based shopping services such...
Healthcare Staff Facing Swine Flu Jab Delays; Hospitals Unsure When Deliveries Will Arrive
Byline: PAUL BRADLEY Hospital staff in the Midlands will have towait until at least the end of the week to get their swine flu vaccines, it has emerged. Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced yesterday that National Health Service hospitals...
Hundreds of New Council Homes Planned
An extra 300 new council homes could be built in Birmingham within two years, if funding for a second phase of ambitious development gets approved by the Government. The city council has pledged to build up to 500 new homes a year to meet the increasing...
King Sturge's Pounds 34.9m M Hams Hall Coup
Byline: ALUNTHORNE King Sturge's Birmingham office has completed the largest Midlands' distribution deal this year with the acquisition of three warehouses at Hams Hall National Distribution Centre in Coleshill. Reflecting a net yield of nine...
Laird Is Set Fair for Frys Swing in the Knowledge Future Is Secure
Martin Laird will enjoy the experience of teeing it up at the Frys.com Open today knowing his future is secure for the next two years. The Scot won his first PGA Tour title last Sunday in Las Vegas to earn a two-year tour exemption. The 26-year-old...
Leeds Blow as Somoan Pala'amo Has Visa Application Rejected
Samoa international Fosi Pala'amo will not be able to join Guinness Premiership club Leeds Carnegie this season after having his visa application rejected. He cannot reapply for a UK visa for 12 months, ending his immediate hopes of joining. ...
Left-Wing Joke an Own Goal by Ballard
A top Colmore Row lawyer in Birmingham has scored a PR own goal after making joking comments about leftwing lawyers to a trade magazine. Andy Ballard, who heads up the national social housing team from the Birmingham office of law firm Shoosmiths,...
Mail Chief in Warning over Digital 'Effect' of Post Strike
Theman in charge of the Royal Mail in the Midlandssaidontheeveofanationalwalkout: "This is about the survival of the business." Paul Jobling, regional operational director, said theRoyalMail was facingmajor competitionand fallinglettervolumesinthedigital...
Merger Deals in Property Sector Hit Yearly High
Byline: ALUN THORNE Mergers and acquisition deals in the UK property sector rocketed to a yearly high last quarter with deal values reaching more than five times those seen in the same quarter last year, according business adviser Grant Thornton....
Mixed FTSE Results Give Food for Thought; MARKET REPORT
The FTSE 100 Index finished a see-saw session on the front foot today as mixed company results gave investors food for thought. The top flight was nearly 70 points down at one stage, as commodity stocks dragged down the benchmark index, but it turned...
Mum in Handbag Trip Tragedy
Byline: VICTORIA FARNCOMBE A Birmingham mum bled to death after tripping over her handbag in a Spanish bar and falling on a glass tumbler. Ex-pat Sally Feeley, aged 42, had been out celebrating Aston Villa's win against Chelsea when she tripped...
Muslim Spy Claim Is Denied
Byline: PAUL DALE Claims that a pounds 2.4 million government programme to stop Birmingham Muslims from being lured into terrorism is really a spying mission by the security services have been strongly denied by West Midlands Police and the city...
New Website Boost for Recruitment in Schools
Byline: TONYCOLLINS Schools across Birmingham and the West Midlands could benefit from a surprise cash boost following the launch of a new online staff recruitment website. Birmingham City Council is one of 52 local authorities, representing...
No Evidence to Back Muslim 'Spying' Claim; COMMENT
Spying row - page 13 The sensitivity of the government's Preventing Violent Extremism project in Birmingham, which specifically targets the Muslim community, is such that misinterpretation of what this initiative is about is likely to result in serious...
O'Neill a Driving Force for Villa's Coach Offer
Byline: LISASMITH Martin O'Neill is already winning over the hearts and minds of Aston Villa supporters this season with the results on the pitch. Now it seems he is also mastering the art of good PR - backing the club's gesture to help fans...
Panesar Eager to Prove Point after Joining Battle in SA; CRICKET
Monty Panesar wants to use his international experience with England to try to turn the Highveld Lions into a winning team. The slow left-armer is set to make his bow in the South African domestic season today when he turns out for his new franchise...
Parties Turning on Dr Taylor
Byline: jonathan walker PoorRichardTaylor.The former consultant physician, who came out of retirement to begin a new career as an independent MP, has been caught up in an ugly late night battle between the Government and opposition parties. Dr...
Partner Needed Who Plays Cool; Jon Cooper
I met two halves of a brilliant partnership over breakfast the other day; they've built a fantastic business in recycling and waste management, and they have at least three unique productswhichmake their competition look simply, well, rubbish. What...
Ray's Just Wild about Vlad; Television Action Man Ray Mears Tells Roz Laws That He Would like to Walk in the Woods with Russian Leader Vladimir Putin
Byline: Roz Laws He's already taken Ewan McGregor into the Honduran jungle, but there's someone else Ray Mears would love to be alone in the wild with - Vladimir Putin. The survival expert is fascinated by the macho Russian prime minister, who...
Red Devils on Track for Knockout Stages - Alex; UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side are now well on course for the Champions League knockout stages after edging past CSKA Moscow. United maintained their 100 per cent record in Group B after Antonio Valencia struck a late...
Regent Inns' Pre-Pack Deal Saves 1,800 Jobs
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY About 1,800 jobs at a variety of bars and restaurants have been secured after the owners of bar chain Regent Inns bought it out of administration in a pre-pack deal. But Regent Inns, which runs the Walkabout, Bar Risa and...
Safin Serves Up Three Set Victory over Champ; TENNIS
Marat Safin opened his final Kremlin Cup campaign by ousting defending champion Nikolay Davydenko in the first round in Moscow. Safin was runner-up in last year's final, and today he came from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 6-2 and end Davydenko's bid...
Simon: Birmingham Is Leading the Digital Age
Byline: ANNABLACKABY Creative industries minister Sion Simon yesterday likened the innovative ability and talent of Birmingham's digital sector to that of the region's home-grown heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. Speaking at the Hello Digital...
Skill Lacking as 'Gym Monkeys' Take Control
Byline: RUGBYUNION England lock Simon Shaw believes the drive for rugby players to become bigger and stronger has seen skill sacrificed and "gym monkeys" emerge. Shaw insists the sport is suffering from the emphasis on size over technique as...
Smith Asks to See Petition Calling for Her Resignation
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Under-fireMP JacquiSmith has entered into a war of words with campaigners demanding she stands down. The formerHomeSecretary, whoapologised to the Commons after claiming pounds 116,000 for her family home in Redditch, demanded...
Social Enterprise Heroes Honoured with Awards
Five people have been named social enterprise heroes and given awards in recognition of their 'outstanding contributions to the sector'. The awards were launched by Sarah Crawley, chief executive of i-SE, Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs, at...
Sweet Boost for Cadbury Puts Heat on Suitor Kraft
Byline: HOLLY WILLIAMS ; JOHN CRANAGE Cadbury put its US predator under pressure yesterday with an "excellent" third quarter trading performance. The Dairy Milk-maker, which last month rejected a pounds 10.2 billion proposal from Philadelphia...
Taxman Urged to Accept Returns Delayed by Strike
HM Revenue & Customs has been urged not to fine people who are late submitting their tax returns because of the postal strike. The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) called for people who missed...
Time to Address Water Footprint
Byline: andrew whitehead Most businesses are familiar with the concept of a carbon footprint, but can the same be said for a water footprint? A company's water footprint is the total volume of freshwater that is used directly or indirectly to run...
Tributes to College Dean Who Lost Her Cancer Fight
Byline: NICKMCCARTHY Tributes have been paid to the former Dean of Warwick Medical School, Professor Yvonne Carter, who has died after a five-year battle with breast cancer. The 50-year-old, who died on Tuesday, was Dean from 2004 until she was...
Wages Not an Issue as Foxes Hunt Dutch of Class in Davids; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: SEANTAYLOR Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric insists wages would not be a stumbling block in the Coca-Cola Championship club's sensational swoop for former Holland international Edgar Davids. The combative midfielder, whose illustrious career...
Warrior Grove Earns Scotland Call-Up Ahead of Fiji Clash
Byline: BRIANDICK Worcester's Alex Grove is on the brink of his Scotland debut having been named in Andy Robinson's squad for next month's match with Fiji. The 22-year-old is one of three uncapped players included in the 32-strong group for what...
Womb Transplant Is a Step Closer to Reality
Byline: JANEKIRBY British scientists believe they are a step closer to carrying out the first ever successful womb transplant. They have worked out how to transplant a womb with a good blood supply which could mean it lasts long enough to carry...
YMCA Submits Plans for New Pounds 3.4m Youth and Community Centre
Managers of Sutton Coldfield YMCA have submitted proposals for a pounds 3.4 million nonresidential youth and community centre in Walmley. The project was conceived by Sutton Coldfield YMCA and designed by Paul Lister of Architects 2BClear, who consulted...