Media Watch – April 15

By on 15/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Three council employees face disciplinary in Khyra Ishaq case (Telegraph) Three council employees involved in the case of a seven-year-old girl who starved to death in her own home could be sacked after it was announced they were facing disciplinary action.

Birmingham bidding to lure more Olympic 2012 teams (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Indian hockey players, American gymnasts and Caribbean athletes are among teams of international sports men and women being urged to prepare for the London 2012 Olympics in Birmingham.

Birmingham Airport chief adamant that runway extension will be built (Birmingham Post) Defiant Birmingham International Airport bosses insist that a crucial £120million runway extension will be built by 2015 at the latest.

Blog to show 24 hours in the artistic life of the city (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The team behind the Birmingham bid for the City of Culture title has launched a 24-hour blog urging artists to provide a snapshot of their creative life in the city.

Residents object to Aldi store in top city suburb (Birmingham Post) Land earmarked for an upmarket hotel, restaurant and retail development opposite Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground is to be used to build a budget supermarket, prompting anger from local residents.

Celebrating a city-built legend (Birmingham Post) A museum displaying the proud heritage of the Spitfire fighter plane could be set up in Birmingham – the city where most of the Second World War aircraft were built.

Fraud soars in scramble for best schools (Birmingham Post) Desperate parents are trying to get their children into the school of their choice by renting houses they don’t live in and pretending unrelated children are siblings.

Flower power (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham City Council garden dedicated to injured soldiers in Birmingham will be created in Chelsea.

‘Inadequate’ Islamic school most popular (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s most popular school is an Islamic faith school which Ofsted said was ‘inadequate’ during a recent summer inspection.

Council ‘turned away’ homeless (Birmingham Post) A law firm is suing Birmingham City Council over what it describes as the local authority’s complete contempt for the law on providing housing for vulnerable people.

British Asians warned about buying gold that has not been hallmarked (Sunrise Radio) Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council have been making spot checks at Asian jewellers in the city to ensure hallmarking laws are being respected.

Work to ease gangs in Birmingham (BBC WM) A Birmingham City Council report has been looking at the work of the Birmingham Reducing Gang Violence Scheme.

Home technology firm benefits from council loan ( A HOME technology company specialising in energy monitoring innovation has become one of the first recipients of support from Birmingham City Council's new loan fund.

Regional Headlines

Volcanic ash from Iceland grounds Birmingham flights (BBC)
Up to 90% of flights from Birmingham International Airport have been cancelled as clouds of volcanic ash blow towards the UK from Iceland.

Three Khyra Ishaq case workers investigated by council  (BBC)
Three Birmingham City Council employees are being investigated over their handling of the case of a seven year-old girl who was starved to death.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Election TV debate: Leaders prepare for historic clash 
Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing to make political history by taking part in Britain’s first ever prime ministerial TV debate.

Icelandic volcanic ash alert grounds UK flights 
Airline passengers are facing massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded planes.

Boy, 13, charged with asylum seeker murder in Newcastle 
A 13-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of an asylum seeker in the Benwell area of Newcastle.

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