The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from July 10, 2002

Ashtead Bullish after Dip into Red
Plant hire firm Ashtead forecast an upturn in its fortunes yesterday after falling pounds 15.5 million into the red over the last financial year. The group said orders in the UK were at their highest level since the turn of the year while its...
Background: Signed and Sealed in 24 Hours
Birmingham's new chief executive did not take long to make up her mind to accept the job. She was in the city being interviewed on Monday, and by around 3pm yesterday the appointment was official. Running Birmingham has been called Europe's...
Be Our Guests at Firework Fantasia; Enjoy a Night of Music at Ragley Hall
Performing Arts Management and Ernest & Julio Gallo Turning Leaf Wine have joined forces to give you the opportunity of winning one of three superb evenings at the Firework & Music Fantasia at Ragley Hall, Alcester on Saturday August 3 (gates...
Birmingham Post Comment: New Chief Is Ready for Her Many Challenges
It's difficult to understand why it took so long to find a new chief executive for Birmingham council. The city is the largest local authority in the country, and a role-model for other authorities in areas such as education and city centre regeneration....
Blair Spin Chiefs 'Should Be Grilled'
Whitehall's standards watchdog last night said Tony Blair's key aides should appear before its inquiry into spin doctors. No 10 says communications chief Alastair Campbell and the Prime Minister's chief of staff Jonathan Powell cannot answer...
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Divorcee Battles for Share in Fortune
A divorcee is battling for a greater share of her former husband's fortune after her settlement was slashed because she did not reveal her new lavish lifestyle with her wealthy boyfriend. Ex-farmer's wife Jayne Shaw is claiming at the Court of...
Drive to Licence Garages for LPG Fuel Conversions
Trading Standards officers in Birmingham yesterday called for the Government to licence garages which carry out LPG fuel conversions after 95 per cent of vehicles tested in the city were found to be dangerous. Officers want to see a licensing...
Easing of Planning Zone Restrictions Welcomed
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the Government's proposals to scrap restrictions on new businesses in regeneration zones. It is expected that Chancellor Gordon Brown, as part of the three-year spending review being announced...
Enterprise: Sisters Take the Wrinkles out of a Day in the Office
Sisters Rosa and Cheryl Walker reckon they have plugged into what will become one of the hottest business growth areas over the next few years. Their business, Be Impressed, created a month ago in Wolverhampton, is targeting busy office workers...
Football: Albion Set for Premiership First with Chambers Twins
West Bromwich Albion are on the brink of agreeing new deals with James and Adam Chambers as they prepare to become the first twin brothers to play in the Premiership, writes Michael Ward. The club are close to ending doubts over the Black Country...
Football: Big-Earning Trio Prime Summer Sale Targets at Debt-Ridden Highfield Road
Gary McAllister is virtually resigned to losing Coventry City's high-earners Lee Hughes, Magnus Hedman and David Thompson this summer. The Sky Blues player-manager has not discounted them from starting the new First Division season but he knows...
Football: Georgian Who Has Villa on His Mind
A Georgia international has claimed that Aston Villa are set to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premiership. Alexander Rekhviashvili, who plays in midfield for Skonto Riga of Latvia, has also stated that Juventus, Bologna and West Ham United...
Football: Surprised Cooper Becomes Blatter's Second Victim
Fifa president Sepp Blatter yesterday sacked the organisation's widely-respected communications director Keith Cooper. Cooper is the second victim of Blatter's campaign to rid the sport's world governing body of any influential figures who are...
'I Cannot Go on with This Sort of Workload'
Dr Vijayakar Abrol is 61 and wants to reduce the overwhelming workload at the inner city Birmingham practice he runs on his own. But there is little hope of finding a GP prepared to work for 11 hours each day at his surgery in Ladywood. The...
Ikon Ography
HOW many words of four letters or more can you make from today's Nonagram? Your answers must contain at least one nine-letter word. Each word must contain the key letter shown in the black square. Each letter may be used only once. No proper nouns,...
Jobs Loss Warning at Smart Card Firm
Smart card firm ID Data yesterday warned jobs would be lost as it revealed plans to close one of its three manufacturing plants later this summer. The Corby-based company, which makes loyalty cards for Tesco and WH Smith, is hoping to save pounds...
Lawyers' Guide for Cerebral Palsy Carers
A Midland family has welcomed a guide produced by healthcare lawyers which has provided a lifeline for the parents of 1,500 babies born each year with cerebral palsy. Russell Jones & Walker has produced a comprehensive advice guide to help...
Lobby Group out to Shake Up the City; Golden Future: Chairman's Birthday Pledge
Legal eagle Caroline Coates has taken over as chairman of Birmingham Future, the city's young executive lobby group, in the year the organisation celebrates its tenth birthday. Caroline, aged 33, a partner of Birmingham solicitors firm Buller...
Lofty Ambitions: British Pair Chase Balloon Record
Two British pilots planning to break the world altitude record for a manned balloon flight yesterday began examining weather data for a 72-hour 'window' to enable them to launch. Colin Prescot (right) and Andy Elson are set to soar 25 miles (132,000ft)...
Market Report: Bush's Rallying Cry Fails to Halt New Fall
London shares continued to drift lower yesterday as investors' eyes turned towards President Bush's attempts to revive confidence in the US. Mr Bush pledged to 'expose and punish acts of corruption' in a speech analysts said was designed to shake...
Metro Plans 'Turning City Gateway to Derelict Eyesore'
One of the busiest gateways into Birmingham is being turned into an eyesore partly because of proposals to extend the Midland Metro, it was claimed yesterday. More than a dozen once-graceful buildings on the Hagley Road are now derelict and boarded...
New City Chief's Equality Pledge
Byline: Neil Connor and Jonathan Walker The newly-appointed chief executive of Birmingham City Council last night said she wanted to ensure everyone living in the city could benefit from its success. Lin Homer, who is currently chief executive...
Police Beating Sparks Cries of Racism; Brutal Arrest: Video Captures Rough Justice Handed out to Black Teenager
A California police officer was suspended yesterday after a videotape showed him slugging a handcuffed black teenager in the face, an incident that sparked cries of racism, calls for a federal probe and comparisons to the incendiary 1991 beating...
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Response Muted to Bush's Call to End Corruption
US stocks lost ground in early trading yesterday after President Bush failed to calm down a scandal-weary Wall Street despite proposing stiff penalties for companies and executives who cook the books. He promised, in a speech on Wall Street, that...
Sex Sales Boost Balance Sheet; Red-Hot Summers: Profits on the Up for Raunchy Retailers
Retail chain Ann Summers yesterday said sales at its stores raced ahead in the past year as customers snapped up saucy lingerie and raunchy sex toys. The group, which has a 62-strong chain of shops in the UK, said it recorded overall turnover...
Stamp Duty on Sales 'Blather' - Labour
The Government yesterday sought to quash suggestions that it is considering imposing stamp duty on the sale as well as purchase of property - with residents who stay in their homes for long periods paying a higher rate. Downing Street and the...
Steiger Dies at 77 after Many Years as a Contender
Rod Steiger, the beefy, intense actor whowon the Oscar as best actor of 1967 for his role as the unrelenting Southern police chief in In the Heat of the Night, died yesterday. He was 77. Steiger died at a Los Angeles hospital of pneumonia and kidney...
Student Top-Up Fee Fear as Colleges Chase More Cash
Elite universities may be allowed to charge top-up fees, higher education minister Margaret Hodge signalled yesterday. Labour pledged not to introduce extra charges for students at the last General Election. But a review of student finance could...
The Region's Water Given Top Marks; Splashing Out: Pure Quality at Turn of a Tap
Water in the West Midlands is the best quality ever - so good you could bottle it. According to the latest Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) annual report into standards of water across the UK, water across the region is at the highest standard...
US Rethink in Steel Tariff Fight
The US Government may offer more exemptions from its proposed steel import tariffs in advance of a meeting at which the EU will decide on tit-for-tat retaliation. The offer was made yesterday by an un-named member of the US administration in...