Media Watch – April 13

By on 13/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pride to be biggest yet (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s annual Pride gay and lesbian weekend has been announced with the promise of a bigger and more colourful parade.

Culture crown is benefit for city (Express and Star) UK City of Culture status will make Birmingham a must-visit tourist destination in 2013 according to the city’s arts boss.

Storing wartime memories (Birmingham Mail) Hard working pupils from two Birmingham schools handed over hundreds of Second World War memories to be stored in the city council’s archives.

U.K. Tells Consumers to Only Buy Gold With a Hallmark ( Trading Standards, at Birmingham City Council in the U.K., warned consumers to be cautious about buying gold jewellery that  did not carry the mandatory hallmark. The council alerted the local Asian community, who are traditionally active buyers of gold, after it found some instances where gold items being sold lacked the requirement.

Petition fights flight failure (Eastern Eye) Over 20,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Indian government to reinstate direct flights from Birmingham to Amritsar.

Birmingham City Council building homes for sale and social rent ‘side by side’ ( Birmingham City Council has started building family homes for sale, with social rent, side by side.

Fish returned to pool after storms (Sutton Coldfield Observer) A pool which lost hundreds of fish in storms last summer has had its stocks replenished.

Visitors Guide (Classical Music Magazine) Lengthy supplement looking at the cultural offer in Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham man, 19, charged with murder (BBC)
A teenager from Birmingham has been charged with murder after a man died from stab wounds, police said.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital in £2m appeal (BBC) 
A £2m fundraising appeal to create a new cardiac unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is under way.

Air ambulance crews extend hours in West Midlands (BBC)
Air Ambulance crews in the West Midlands are to extend their summer flying hours following “generous” donations from the public.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Election 2010: Conservatives to unveil manifesto plans 
The Conservatives are preparing to launch their election manifesto, promising to give people more power and reduce the role of the state.
MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination 
A tribunal is considering how much the MoD must pay a female soldier after she won her case against the Army for sexual and racial discrimination.
Facebook resists installing on-site ‘panic button’ 
Facebook is continuing to resist placing a “panic button” on its pages despite calls to do so by the head of a British child protection agency.

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