The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from October 26, 2002

Appointments: Aktrion Automotive's New Regional Director
Telford-based AKTRION AUTOMOTIVE, a provider of outsourced services and strategic support to the automotive industry, has taken on Steve Lait as regional director of the Midlands. Mr Lait joins Aktrion after spending four years with sunroof and...
Archer to Pursue Her Aide in High Court
Lady Archer last night promised to pursue High Court action against a former aide after emerging victorious from an employment tribunal battle. Jane Williams, aged 49, Lady Archer's personal assistant for 13 years until a year ago, had claimed...
Birmingham Post Comment: Tories Are Busy Doing Nothing to Win Votes
Michael Howard, memorably described by Anne Widdecombe as having something of the night about him, remains one of the few Tory survivors from the Thatcher years still to seek high office. But if Mr Howard's remarks yesterday to Birmingham Future...
Competition Commisioner Wrong Again
European Competition Commisioner Mario Monti set out yesterday to restore his credibility after a court threw out a ban on Tetra Laval's bid for French bottle maker Sidel. It was the second crushing reversal this week for Mr Monti and the third...
CRICKET: Waugh Wary of Changing Australian Team
Steve Waugh has urged the Australian selectors to resist the temptation to change the Test side for the Ashes series, saying the move would play into England's hands. The Australian captain also brushed off suggestions his all-conquering team...
Danger Sign Calls after Girl's Tragic Drowning
A beach where a five-year-old girl drowned after becoming trapped in mudflats should have had better warning signs to alert people to the dangers of walking on the soft sands, a coroner said yesterday. Lelaina Hall, from Worcester, died on June...
Disabled Waiting for Help
People with disabilities are waiting for up to three years before having a stairlift fitted, Birmingham Social Services has admitted. The impact of an ageing population against a limited city council budget has resulted in a backlog of 1,300 requests...
FBI Draws Up New List of Al-Qaida Possibilities
The FBI has warned that alQaida's next attack in the US could be against a railway. Officials said terrorists may attempt to take out bridges, key sections of track or train engines to try to cause massive crashes. They said the warning came...
Food & Drink: Side Orders
The first ever Black Country Food and Drink Fair starts today at the Black Country Living Museum. The event, which has been organised by Black Country Toruism and the Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is being held as a celebration of the region's...
Food & Drink: Stratford Foodies in for a Real Treat
The region's newest food festival kicks off next weekend with a mix of locally-produced and international fare, demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs, competitions and sampling stalls. Stratford's Festival of Food and Drink kicks off on...
Football: BIRMINGHAM CITY V MANCHESTER CITY: Devlin Vows Full Compensation for Hawthorns Dip
Paul Devlin last night pledged that Blues' return to St Andrew's today, following a three-week absence, would also see him back to his sharpest form on the right wing against Manchester City, writes Brian Halford. Devlin has thrown off the virus...
Football: BIRMINGHAM CITY V MANCHESTER CITY: Gold Moves to Dampen Hopes of January Spree
David Gold has warned Birmingham City's supporters not to expect a spending spree when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, writes Brian Halford. Injuries and suspensions have pared Blues to the bone for today's tussle with Manchester City...
Football: Burton Enjoy Welcome Break from Long Haul; FA CUP
The league might be the bread and butter dish for Burton Albion this season but the FA Cup will continue to whet the appetite for success, according to striker Christian Moore. It was mission accomplished last season for the Brewers when they...
Football: Harriers Need to Lace Up Their Shooting Boots
Kidderminster Harriers manager Ian Britton has backed striker Drewe Broughton to end his goal drought 'sooner rather than later'. But the Aggborough boss also warned his team that a continuing failure to take their chances will hurt their prospects...
Football: MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA: SIX OF THE BEST: CLASSIC VILLA V UNITED MATCHES DOWN THE YEARS
Villa 2 United 1FA Cup Final May 4, 1957 It has been classed as one of Wembley's worst fouls. But no sooner had Northern Ireland international Peter McParland got away with his sixth minute collision with United keeper Ray Wood than Villa were...
Football: MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA: THE MANCHESTER VIEW: Ferguson Not Ready to Strike in New Year Market
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will not be rushed into buying a new striker in the January sales. The Old Trafford club's official website had indicated Ferguson had requested the funds to reinforce his attacking options when the transfer...
Football: McKenna Loan Deal Tied Up by Red Tape; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
Pelsall Villa's bid to bring Tamworth striker Ian McKenna to the club on loan has been scuppered by red tape. The two clubs had agreed to the switch to allow young hot-shot McKenna much-needed match action in his comeback from a broken leg, but...
Football: Mullen Backs Double Swoop to Lift Robins; DR MARTENS WESTERN
Phil Mullen hopes the double capture of Wesley Joyce and Paul Hunter can provide the spark to allow Evesham United to explode back into the form which made them earlyseason promotion challengers. The Evesham manager yesterday snapped up former...
Football: Relaxed Bucks Look to Give Season a Spark
Struggling Telford United can kick-start their season by enjoying a good FA Cup, according to midfielder Steve Palmer. The Bucks have slipped into the bottom two in the Conference but the chance to put on a show to upset Doncaster Rovers tomorrow...
Football: Revenge Mission Adds Spice to Meal as Hungry Wolves Stalk Mariners; Wolverhampton Wanderers V Grimsby Town
They surely haven't forgotten the name of Grimsby Town at Molineux, writes Ged Scott. But, when Paul Groves' Mariners return this afternoon to the ground where they derailed Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion hopes seven months ago, they should...
Football: Worcester in Bid for Wilde as Jenkins Puts Move on Hold; Dr MARTENS PREMIER
Cambridge City have reportedly turned down a bid form table-toppers Worcester City for winger Adam Wilde. Worcester boss John Barton is anxious to strengthen his depleted squad which has lost seven senior players to longterm injuries. Former...
Harrison Gets That Sinking Feeling; the Cold War Worried Harrison Ford about as Much as Growing Old - Hardly at All, He Tells Alison Jones
Fifty years ago to admit being a Russian-sympathising American was a social folly greater than admitting to being a practising satanist who regularly sacrificed animals. To be suspected of being (or ever have been) a member of the Communist Party...
Health: New Drug Brings Fresh Hope for Dementia Sufferers
The torment of knowing your partner or parent is unable to recognise you or care for themselves must be immense. Yet it happens every day in hundreds of thousands of UK homes where people live with Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure for...
Home & Gardens: DIY Column: Locking Up with Rigour and Mortise
Making your home secure is high on everyone's list of priorities, particularly during the long winter evenings when your home feels more vulnerable. With burglaries taking place every few minutes you do not want to be another statistic. One...
Home & Gardens: Garden Diary
Sunday, October 27 Autumn Orchid Show, Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 11am-4.15pm. Monday, October 28 Tamworth Flower Club, Touch of Inspiration, Margaret Ecclestone, competition: a foliage exhibit,...
John Bright: Mr Howard, Friends of Shootin' and Turf Ride off for the Weekend
Conservative shadow Chancellor Michael Howard was the world's best-protected politician yesterday. Thanks to being driven down to an engagement in Saffron Walden by Ben Browning, of Tilney Investment Management in Birmingham. He was getting...
Market Report: Industrial Data Depressing
A modestly upbeat start on Wall Street failed to lift trading in the City yesterday and the FTSE 100 Index ended the week on a downbeat note, adrift 52.6 points at 4051.1. Although Wall Street was trading slightly higher, a downbeat economic...
Midlands Is Poised to Lose MEP after Treaty
The West Midlands is set to lose an MEP after plans to cut Britain's contingent on the European Parliament were bought forward to 2004. The region will have only seven MEPs rather than eight as now, thanks to Ireland's endorsement of the Nice...
Neeson Acknowledges the 'Former Enemy'
It was touch and go for a while whether actor Liam Neeson would be able to take on the physically-demanding role of the popular Captain Polenin in K19 as he was still recovering from injuries he received in a near fatal bike crash. The strapping...
North Korea Claims Nuclear Bombs Right
North Korea said yesterday it wanted a 'non-aggression treaty' with the United States, but warned it was entitled to possess nuclear weapons as long as it felt threatened by the US nuclear arsenal. The major policy statement came as the United...
Personal Finance: Britons Are Feeling Better off Says Axa
Falling stock markets and the growing pensions crisis do not seem to have affected our view of how well off we are. In fact, Britons feel better off than they did a year ago, according to research published by the insurance group, Axa, this week....
Personal Finance: How Barry's School Fee Plans Went into Disarray
Barry Exton's plans for his sons' education are in disarray after a special investment trust he was using to finance their school fees collapsed last month. The 55-year-old former banker has lost thousands of pounds from the trust's crash and...
Personal Finance: Many People Have Ostrich Attitude to Money Troubles
Most people who owe money do not start worrying about debt until it has spiralled out of control, research has shown. Such a blas attitude affects nearly two out of three of the UK population, according to lending group Kensington Mortgages. ...
Personal Finance: NHS Queues a Reason for Paying
Nearly six out of ten people would be prepared to pay for medical treatment to avoid NHS waiting lists. Around 59 per cent of those questioned by insurer Standard Life Healthcare said they would be happy to foot the bill for medical treatment...
Personal Finance: Pensions Affected by Poor Stock Markets
Some UK company pension funds suffered their worst performance for nearly 15 years during the third quarter of the year as falling stock markets continued to hit the value of their assets. A survey of pooled pension funds, which manage schemes...
Racing: Tacitus Can Make Up for Milan Misfortune
Tacitus can make amends for an unlucky run last time out by landing the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster today, writes Stable Boy. The Richard Hannon-trained colt could have bagged his first success at the highest level last weekend in...
Showbiz News
Jennifer Love Hewitt is one of Hollywood's sexiest actresses, but so far she has been unlucky in love - and she's blaming it on the media. The single girl, who has been linked with Alec Baldwin among others, tells America's People magazine: 'The...
Suicide Fears for Distraught Butler Following Diana's Death
Diana, Princess of Wales, harboured constant fears she was being spied on, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. She once demanded a secretary turn out her bag because she suspected there might be a tape recorder inside. The revelation came in the...
TENNIS: Keothavong Ends Collin Hopes of Record Run; NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Defending women's champion Hannah Collin was sent crashing out of the Hastings Direct National Tennis Championships at Bolton Arena by No 3 seed Anne Keothavong. Collin, seeking a recordbreaking third crown in four years, lost 6-4, 6-4 to her...
Travel: Now Boarding
UK/IRELAND JERSEY: Modern Hotels (01534 735511) offers three nights' B&B at Mayfair Hotel in St Helier for pounds 99 during November, including Condor Fastcat crossing and transfers - 2-11-year-olds get 50% discount. LAKELAND: Country...
Travel: Summer Sojourns Now at a Snip
If you find a cheap holiday package for next summer, grab it now. The argument for early booking is much stronger since problems at MyTravel (also known as Airtours) sent its share price plunging. This soon prompted rival travel agents Lunn Poly...