Media Watch – April 29

By on 29/04/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Laughing gas warning in Birmingham (Heart) Birmingham Public Health expert says more education is needed to stop young people thinking that taking laughing gas isn’t dangerous – simply because it’s classed as a legal high.

End of the car age: how cities outgrew the automobile (Guardian) Piece on cities across Europe being designed to encourage people to use alternative methods of transport, including cycling and walking, rather than just their cars. References Birmingham City Council.

Free health checks at Vaisakhi Mela (Sikh Community TV) Visitors to one of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations were offered a potentially life-saving health ‘MOT’ as Birmingham Public Health joined forces with health colleagues to carry out hundreds of NHS Health Checks.

Regional Headlines:

A Wolverhampton man trekking in Nepal has contacted his family to let them know he is safe. Mark Williams was feared dead after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which has killed more than 5,000 people.

All 52 escalators at Birmingham New Street Station are to be repaired after Network Rail bosses identified a faulty part which has caused several to break down.

A mother has spoken of the terrifying moment her baby son’s pram was dragged along by a car which had hit an older boy outside a Birmingham primary school. Luckily, the 14-month-old was unharmed when the car rolled backwards outside Woodgate Primary School, in Bartley Green.

National Headlines:

Australia has recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men were executed for drug smuggling. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people from several countries executed by firing squad in the early hours of this morning on the prison island of Nusakambangan.

The European Parliament is set to vote on whether calorie labels should be put on all alcoholic drinks. Mandatory labelling is needed to inform consumers and help halt rising rates of obesity, say public health experts. MEPs will decide later if proposals to introduce calorie labelling for alcohol should be ditched or moved to the next stage.


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