The Birmingham Post (England)

The Birmingham Post is the daily newspaper of Birmingham, England. The Birmingham Post covers local and national news, sports, business, and weather.

Articles from July 6, 2002

Birmingham Pays Price for Older Industries
PR babe Jenny Chatham has been telling me how she was invited to London's strong service sector has catapulted it into the top ten fastest-growing cities in Europe while Birmingham lags behind in 35th place because its dependence on manufacturing,...
Body Link to Arson Attack, Say Police
Detectives believe a body of a murder victim found in an isolated copse in Warwickshire could be linked to an arson attack earlier this week. The man's body was discovered in woodland off Grafton Lane, near Bidford-upon-Avon, at noon on Thursday...
Client Role for Maria a First
Maria Kesterton has joined IRWIN MITCHELL as client care manager based at the Birmingham office - claimed to be the first post of its kind to be created at any national law firm. Her new role involves the management of client surveys and complaints...
Council Workers in Strike Chaos
Byline: John Revill and Neil Connor Public services across the Midlands could plunge into chaos later this month when more than 100,000 council workers stage their biggest walk-out for 20 years over a pay dispute. More than 1.2 million council...
CRICKET: Confident Leaders Himley Facing Donald-Led Assault; BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE
The Birmingham League season reaches its halfway stage today and surprise leaders Himley will be striving to round off a thoroughly satisfactory opening to their first campaign at the top tier by seeing off Knowle and Dorridge at Stourbridge Road....
CRICKET: Gough Hits out at 'Bad Vibes'
England fast bowler Darren Gough has hit back at the critics who said his recall to the national side had come too soon - although he admits he is still some way from full fitness, writes Myles Hodgson. The Yorkshireman played in England's last...
Film View
Actor Dustin Hoffman is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in Neverland, a new movie based on JM Barrie and his most famous book, Peter Pan. The Miramax Films' project, directed by Marc Forster, will go into production in the summer in London....
Football: Leeds Blow as O'Neill Says: I'm Staying; National Round-Up
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill is believed to have committed himself to seeing out his contract with the Scottish champions. O'Neill, favourite for the vacant Leeds United's manager's job following the sacking of David O'Leary, spoke yesterday...
Football: SCOTT on SATURDAY: A Fine Mess with Ollie
It was a World Cup of surprises all right - and it had one or two up its sleeve right until the end. Brazil winning? No, that was no surprise; Neither was Ronaldo's redemption; But for the German at fault in the final for the allimportant deadlock-breaking...
Former Pupils Lose Bullying Claim
Two former pupils who were bullied at school yesterday lost their claim for damages. Caroline Newby and Jamie Bright, now both 20, suffered years of physical and verbal abuse at Shotton Hall comprehensive school in Peterlee, County Durham. ...
Formula One: The British Grand Prix: British Grand Prix Fact File
Silverstone staged the first race in World Championship history on May 13, 1950. Italy's Giuseppe Farina won, spearheading a clean sweep for Alfa Romeo. This year will be the 53rd British Grand Prix. Silverstone will be staging the race for the...
Formula One: The British Grand Prix: Cash Comes Distant Second for Ambitious Button
Jenson Button is prepared to be a Formula One pauper next season - if it guarantees him a competitive drive. The 22-year-old Briton has reputedly earned around pounds 3 million at Renault this season but looks set to be replaced at the team in...
Formula One: The British Grand Prix: F1 - the Grand Prix Season So Far
March 3 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) - Michael Schumacher launches his quest for a record-equalling fifth drivers' crown with a crushing victory at Albert Park despite using last year's Ferrari. It is his third successive victory in Melbourne....
Formula One: The British Grand Prix: McNish All Revved Up for Grand Entrance
Scotland's Allan McNish cannot wait to make his belated British Grand Prix bow, declaring: 'It will be like having my first grand prix all over again!' The Formula One rookie watched his home race for the first time in 1986 when Brands Hatch...
Four Die as Plane Crashes into Park
Four people were killed when a small plane crashed into a park near Los Angeles where hundreds were celebrating Independence Day. Two children died on the ground, along with the pilot and co-pilot. Twelve others were injured, half of them critically,...
Golf: Campbell Keen to Star on Centre Stage
Seven years on from the day he nearly became Open champion, New Zealander Michael Campbell believes it is high time he challenged for the title again. Campbell holds a one-shot halfway lead in the Smurfit European Open at the K Club near Dublin...
In Deep Waters Abroad; Splashing Out: But Don't Leave Common Sense Behind When You Go on Holiday
If you are heading for an overseas holiday this summer or just popping across to France to stock up on booze, insurance companies are queuing up to highlight the perils you face. Swimming pools are top of the danger list for Catterall Insurance...
Iraq Invasion Plan at Advanced Stage
A draft US plan to invade Iraq includes tens of thousands of troops in a massive land, air and naval force attack from three sides, it was claimed yesterday. Hundreds of warplanes based in up to eight countries would fly raids on airfields, roads...
Leading Article: A United Voice on Transport
Let's be honest, it's difficult to get excited by the thought of integrated transport strategies. So it was good to hear some straight talking by professionals at the heart of the issue. It was even better to hear them made in the presence of...
MARKET REPORT: Staying Afloat in Very Choppy Sea of Blue Chips
A turbulent week on the London market came to buoyant end yesterday as blue-chip shares raced ahead. A strong start on Wall Street inspired traders and the FTSE 100 Index smashed through the 4600 level to close 144.4 points higher at 4615.6....
Mounting Cost of Financial Laziness
Laziness and financial apathy is collectively costing Britons an estimated pounds 316 million, according to research published this week. Online financial services group Egg said people were wasting millions of pounds a year by paying their credit...
Prince Has a Hot Date in Balti Belt; Royal Appointment: Trade Chief 'Has Never Had a Curry'
Prince Andrew has been invited to Birmingham for a balti after admitting to a city businessman he had never eaten a curry in his life. The Duke of York made his confession to Naved Syed, owner of Digbeth-based Eastern Foods, while leading a delegation...
Racing: Excuses May Be Needed at Sandown
Continuing doubts over the participation of No Excuse Needed in today's Coral Eurobet Eclipse have seen the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt drift further in the betting on the pounds 325,000 showpiece. The Machiavellian colt is out to 12-1 from...
Racing: Irresistible Izdiham Proves to Be a Cut above His Elders
Izdiham took on his elders and beat them as he scored an impressive victory at Sandown yesterday. The late-developing colt took the scalp of well-travelled favourite Hawkeye in the Listed Pentax Perfect Image Stakes at 11-4. Winning trainer...
Racing: Murtagh Winning Formula
Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh will team up again with Royal Ascot winner Revenue in next Wednesday's TNT July Stakes. He drove the colt to a lengthand-a-half victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal meeting and has been booked for the two-year-old's...
Swimming Coach Is Jailed for Sex Assault
A coach who created a 'staggering transformation' of success at a Black Country swimming club was jailed for 12 months yesterday for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old swimmer. Alan Green (43), of Tall Trees Drive, Stourbridge, admitted twice...
TENNIS: WIMBLEDON: Sisters Profit from Family Values; Williams Girls Just Want to Have Fun - and It's Paying off Says, Harry Jack
Six years ago Richard Williams, with a matterof-factness which was as scary as it was precise, predicted his two daughters would dominate the world of tennis. When Venus and Serena walk out on Wimbledon's Centre Court today to contest their third...
Tough Market Takes Its Toll on Peugeot
A sharp fall in Peugeot Motor Company's profits was held up yesterday as an example of lower car prices and an increasingly tough market. The company, which has its plant at Ryton, is the UK business of PSA Peugeot Citroen. But despite the profit...
Travel: Now Boarding
Package prices per person sharing double room, unless otherwise stated UK/IRELAND EDINBURGH: Scotsman Hotel (0131 556 5565) offers a pounds 159 package for two, including one night's B&B and tickets to Royal Yacht Britannia or Edinburgh...
Travel: Passport to Travel
Nearly four million short-haul summer packages - about a quarter of the total market - remain to be sold between now and the end of October. But it could be mid-July before travellers know if tens of thousands of holidays are to be sold off at...
Union Spat on Specialist Comprehensives
A row erupted yesterday between two of England's biggest trade unions over plans by one of them to sponsor specialist comprehensives. Manufacturing union Amicus is to put pounds 250,000 into enabling ten secondary schools to develop expertise...
Vitamins Backed despite Survey
People should not stop taking vitamin supplements in the light of research which claims they are unable to prevent heart disease, nutritionists said yesterday. A study, which followed the progress for five years of more than 20,500 high risk...
Weather You like It or Not, It's Usually Raining
The covers may be out at Wimbledon and the barbecues are starting to rust but the July washout is all in our imagination, according to meteorologists. Experts say the soggy start to high summer is completely normal and people who complain have...
Weekend: Archive: Landmark Looks to Break Free; Ross Reyburn on the Prospects for Dudley Castle
It is not often you have to pay to go into a zoo to see a castle. But Dudley Castle, the Black County's most romantic landmark, remains in this category. In 1937, the town's zoo opened on the slopes below the castle as the Earl of Dudley was...
Weekend: Gardening: Use Light at Night
The long days should be allowing us to enjoy the garden well into the evening and we may want to sit out on the patio long after the barbecue has gone out and the children have gone to bed. Which is when some atmospheric lighting is needed, to...
Weekend: Health: Life Begins at 50 for the 'HRH' Generation; in Jubilee Year, the 50-Year Mark Has Become a Reason for Celebration - and Not Only for the Queen
Things have improved dramatically for middle-aged women who can choose between hormone replacement therapy and natural remedies to make the menopause easier. Dr Annie Evans, a women's health specialist, believes that, in an age of increased longevity,...
Weekend: King Edward's School: Old Boy Values New Generation
In 1966, the son of an Acocks Green plasterer came to King Edward's School. Today Dr Tom Hosty (right) is still found at KES as head of the English department after returning to the school via a Cambridge University degree and PhD at Exeter University....
Weekend: Reviews: Peppers Are Still Red Hot; Red Hot Chili Peppers - by the Way (Warners) HHHH Counting Crows - Hard Candy (Geffen) HHH Robert Plant - Dreamland (Mercury) HHHH Gorillaz V Spacemonkeyz - Laika Come Home (EMI) HHHH Velvet Underground & Nico - Deluxe Edition (Polydor) HHHHH
Whatever they put in the water in California, it certainly does wonders for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their latest album, By the Way, proves the band's longevity following two years after their biggest hit to date, Californication. This time...
Weekend: When Company Is the Greatest Gift
I t's a familiar scenario. The weekend finally arrives after a shattering week at work, and all you want to do is kick back at home with your partner or friends, maybe dragging yourself out to see a film and have a few drinks on Saturday night....