Media Watch – April 27

By on 27/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fury at Nazi sign in park (Birmingham Mail) Nazi swastikas have been scrawled over signposts and trees at a public park in Birmingham causing fury to residents and local activists.

Museum wins top tourist award (PA Newswire and several regional titles) A Birmingham museum (Museum of the Jewellery Quarter) has won a prestigious award, naming it one of the country’s top visitor attractions. Articles link to UK City of Culture bid. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9638

Debt firm is ordered to stop trading (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham trading standards chiefs have forced a company which promised to make people debt free for as little as £1 to stop trading.

Food festival showcase for new city stars (Birmingham Mail) Innovative chefs at some of the city’s newest restaurants will showcase their talents at this year’s Taste of Birmingham food festival which takes place in Cannon Hill Park.

Building the base for better government (Public Servant) Stephen Hughes, chief executive of Birmingham City Council, reacts to the recent government report calling for large-scale relocation of civil servants out of London and the South East.

The taste of sweet success (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham-based Fancino, manufacturer of cappuccino and espresso coffee machines, welcomed the city’s Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Michael and Vivienne Wilkes, to it’s Aston-based factory.

Birmingham approves shared services hub (PublicPropertyUK.com) Birmingham City Council's cabinet committee has approved plans to build a hub that would combine council and healthcare customer advice at Sparkbrook in the south of Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Next stage of Birmingham New Street station work begins (BBC)
Work is beginning on the next stage of a £595m project to transform Birmingham New Street station.
 
‘Serious’ fire at Birmingham high-rise flat complex (BBC)
About 30 firefighters attended a serious kitchen fire at a high-rise flat in Birmingham.
 
Bishop of Wolverhampton urges electorate to vote (BBC)
The Bishop of Wolverhampton has urged people to vote in the general election to safeguard democratic values.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?cat=1170

Lloyds Banking Group reports return to profit 
Lloyds Banking Group has said it has returned to profit for the first three months of the year.

Election: Parties battle over family and crime plans 
 Labour say their rivals’ plans amount to a “coalition of cuts for children” as parties try to focus on policy after days of debate about a hung parliament.

Afghan court jails Briton on bribery charges 
A British manager of a firm providing security to the UK embassy in Kabul has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of bribery charges.

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