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 April 26, 2002

Andersen Sacrifices Few to Save Many
Troubled accounting firm Andersen has made a new settlement proposal to the US Justice Department in which sources said it would admit some of its employees improperly destroyed documents about bankrupt Enron. Justice Department spokesman Mark...
Britannia Retains Its Mutual Status
A huge vote by members of the Britannia Building Society has firmly kept the society's grip on mutual status. Richard Yendall, aged 31, who described himself as an independent candidate was unsuccessful in his election yesterday to the board of...
City Road Closure Was Not Necessary, Say Angry Businesses
Companies across Birmingham were left counting the cost of yesterday's traffic chaos which left thousands of people late for work. Business leaders criticised the police for leaving busy commuter routes closed for three hours after the stand-off...
Cricket: Stewart Supports Tudor's Efforts in Surrey Masterclass; County Review
Surrey were in daunting form as they taught reigning champions Yorkshire a lesson at the crease as well as in the field. Keith Medlycott's team totalled 510 for their first innings at Headingley after skittling the home side for 140 thanks to an...
Culture: Reviews - Shameless Slush of Tear-Jerker
John Q Cert 15 117 mins The NHS may be in a funding crisis that causes patients to die before they get treatment, but at least we still live in a society in which, in theory at least, everyone is entitled to free medical care. America, on the...
Football: Clubs Promote Conference Change
The prospect of two teams being promoted to the Football League from the Conference moved closer to reality yesterday as Third Division clubs unanimously backed the proposals. The change in the promotionrelegation structure would also mean two...
Football: Roper Earns Walsall Stay
Walsall were given an end-of-season boost yesterday when Ian Roper, a tower of strength in the fight for First Division survival, signed a new two-year contract. The 24-year-old defender, a product of Walsall's youth academy, spoke of his relief...
Football: Spencer Misses Invite to Town Title Party; Dr Martens Midland
Andy Spencer will be forced to sit out Halesowen Town's championship party tomorrow. The attacking midfielder has been one of the finds of the season as Halesowen swept their way back into the Premier Division at the first attempt. But the...
Hard Rock Cafe Costs Rank Group Five per Cent
Investors decided against placing a bet on Rank Group yesterday, despite the casino operator boosting a positive outlook for the year ahead. The owner of the Hard Rock restaurant chain, Grosvenor casinos and Mecca bingo halls said trade in the...
Invensys Gets Pounds 925m to Tide It over for 11 Months
Six banks yesterday agreed to lend Invensys pounds 965 million for 11 months to give the struggling engineering group more time to make disposals. Invensys had hoped to raise enough cash through the sale of eight businesses and further refinancing...
Is Consumer Boom Coming off the Boil?
Retail sales stalled again in March, leading to suggestions that the consumer boom may finally be coming off the boil without interest rates going up, as the Bank of England's governor, Sir Edward George, and other members of the Bank of England's...
Legal and Finance: Emanuel Fighting for the Right to Use Priceless Name That Made Her Famous
Fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel has launched a courtroom battle to win back the right to use her own name on the clothes she makes - underlining the almost priceless value of a famous-name brand, according to Birmingham-based intellectual property...
Legal and Finance: Legislation for Contract Workers Lacks 'Clarity'
New legislation designed to improve the rights of employees on fixed term contracts, including pay and pension entitlements, could open the floodgates for workplace disputes, warns Damian Kelly, employment law specialist at Eversheds' Birmingham...
Legal and Finance: Suddards Has the Edge with New Recruit
Corporate finance partner Amanda Allen has joined the Birmingham office of Hammond Suddards Edge five months after announcing her resignation from rivals Pinsent Curtis Biddle. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures,...
Legal and Finance: Time to Check out Your IP Cover, Warns Expert
Businesses in the Midlands should reassess their patents, trade marks and designs to encourage and protect innovation in their organisations. The challenge, from Birmingham-based patent and trade mark attorneys Marks & Clerk, came on World...
Market Report: New Friends on the Line for Vodafone
Mobile phone giant Vodafone finally found a few friends in the City yesterday as its shares closed five per cent higher. The group rebounded strongly after dropping to 100 1 /2p earlier in the session after poor first-quarter subscriber numbers....
MP Tells for the First Time of His Incurable Blindness
Birmingham Labour MP Sion Simon disclosed yesterday that he is going blind. 'Roughly speaking, I have lost half my sight over the last ten to 15 years, and will lose the other half over the next ten to 15,' Mr Simon, aged 33, said. Mr Simon...
New Magistrates: Record Number Sworn in to Cope with Workload
A record number of magistrates was sworn in at a special ceremony held in Birmingham yesterday. A total of 41 new JPs took their oath of office at Birmingham Council House before the Recorder of Birmingham, Richard Wakerley. After undergoing...
Nicola Beats the Odds to Be a Nurse
Living with only one arm was no barrier to 24-year-old Nicola Heazell fulfilling her ambition to become a nurse. Nicola was born three months premature, weighing just 2lbs 1oz and started her life in the intensive care department of a hospital....
Northfield By-Pass to Be Given Go-Ahead
A pounds 10.4 million by-pass for the Northfield shopping centre in south-west Birmingham will be given formal approval by the city council cabinet on Monday, writes Paul Dale. But the new road, which has been seven years in the planning, will not...
Police Reform Bill Takes Knock
Government plans for a crackdown on street crime suffered a setback in the Lords yesterday, when peers inflicted a string of defeats on its Police Reform Bill. A controversial measure - not yet debated by MPs - would allow police forces to recruit...
Pressing Engagement for Start-Up Winners
A Bloxwich manufacturing firm specialising in pressings, welding and carbon dioxide spot welding, has won the Business Start-Up of the Year title in a new enterprise competition organised by Black Country Chamber & Business Link. The company...
Property: For What It's Worth
Views of The Old Rectory It doesn't take long to spend a million pounds once you've found it. It will buy: four small cottages or three slightly bigger ones; two large period semis in a newly-posh suburb or one new, 'executive' top address with...
Residential Property: A School of Thought on Catchment Prices
Parents continue to 'pay' for the schooling of their choice, inside and outside the state sector. Good local schools put upward pressure on catchment prices - bad news for 'child-free' purchasers who also like the area, good news for vendors....
Residential Property: Bidding to Land Upmarket Building Plots at Dunchurch
A national house building company has paid more than pounds 2.5 million for a 2.8-acre development site in the upmarket village of Dunchurch near Rugby. The residential building land was sold with planning permission for 15 detached houses and...
Residential Property: Grade II Thatched Cottage with Church Views
The Stratford-upon-Avon branch of Bigwood is inviting offers around pounds 475,000 for The Old Four Thatches at Lower Quinton, Grade II listed living space opposite the church. It offers just about everything a buyer might expect of a period,...
Residential Property: Prime Property with Elizabethan Look
These are busy times in a 'good spring market' with a positive mood, plenty of sales and no let-up in new instructions. 'We are not seeing huge price increases but there is a market and no sign of quietening down,' says Ginny Vaughan, of Vaughan...
Residential Property: Unusual Extra Makes for a Loftier Way of Life
Large, multi-purpose lofts provide unusual selling points to two brand new apartments by Crosby Homes in Knowle. At the Pavilion development in Station Road, Knowle, the generous upper floor flats come with a flexible attic extra, boarded out...
Sharon May Give Arafat a Chance to Make Peace
Ariel Sharon said yesterday he may allow Yasser Arafat to return to the Gaza Strip to test if he is committed to trying to stop Palestinian suicide bombers. The Israeli prime minister said he would consider letting Mr Arafat slip out of his Ramallah...
Spotter Notes Could Have Been 'Used by Enemy'
British plane spotters arrested for spying at a Greek airfield were carrying papers saying their hobby was illegal in Greece, their espionage trial heard yesterday. The 12, including 38-year-old Wayne Groves from Tamworth, Staffordshire, were...
The Damilola Case: Detective Denies Hunt for Murderers Became 'A Fiasco'
The detective who led the Damilola Taylor murder inquiry yesterday defended the police investigation saying officers did everything they could to catch the killers. Detective Superintendent Trevor Shepherd said the investigating team felt 'disappointment'...
The Damilola Case: Lawyer Blames Police for Lack of Credible Evidence
The acquittal of the two brothers of Damilola Taylor's murder was the only result 'that truth and logic would allow', their lawyer said yesterday. Speaking outside the Old Bailey after the verdicts, solicitor Christopher Hartnell said the brothers...
The Damilola Case: Trial Still Leaves Question Was It Murder or Accident?
The end of the Damilola Taylor trial has left the most important question unanswered - was he killed or did he die by accident? Courtenay Griffiths QC had told jurors during the Old Bailey trial that police had assumed Damilola (right) was a victim...
TV Viewer Claims to Have Found Purse like Milly's
Police were yesterday following up a new lead about Amanda Dowler's disappearance which emerged from a TV appeal. A viewer called the BBC1 television programme Crimewatch last night claiming to have found a purse like Amanda's. On Wednesday...