Media Watch – April 9

By on 09/04/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hajj travel agent is prosecuted (Extensive local media coverage) Umrah & Hajj Specialist Ltd, based on Coventry Road, Small Heath, pleaded guilty to five offences after customers complained packages they were sold were not what was initially advertised. The company has been made to pay in excess of £70,000 in fines and compensation following a city council prosecution.

DevoBrum (Birmingham Post and BBC WM) More coverage of recent comments made by Lord Heseltine that the Conservative Party is planning a major shift of funds and power to the West Midlands. Reference also made to Labour’s pledge to create “regional powerhouses in every corner of the country”. Ed Miliband interviewed on BBC WM.

Trojan Horse teaching staff could face ban for life (Birmingham Post) Reports claim the National College for Teaching and Leadership is looking at the possibility of disciplinary action for those involved with the Trojan Horse allegations.

Sex abuse report ‘not covered up’ (Birmingham Post) Peter Hay, the council’s Strategic Director for People, has said he is assured there was no cover-up leading to a failure to publish a report over two decades ago linking private hire drivers to child sexual exploitation in the city.

Revolutionary canal lock ‘could transform’ run-down waterways (Birmingham Post) Terry Fogarty, the managing director of an Acocks Green firm (Fogarty Castings) claims his ‘trail-blazing’ diagonal lock invention could offer a more efficient way of moving boats between different water levels. He claims if it was introduced on the Camp Hill Locks it could create a new Brindleyplace. Mr Fogarty quoted as saying Camp Hill is an eyesore and the council has struggled to improve it.

Mosque roof collapsed as building work took place (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of the recent building collapse on Walford Road. Reference made to work carried out in the aftermath by Acivico on behalf of the city council.

Noise row social club loses alcohol licence (Birmingham Mail) The Vauxhall Social Club in Nechells has had its licence revoked by the council’s licensing committee following complaints from residents about loud music.

Regional Headlines

John Claughton, the chief master of King Edward’s independent school in Edgbaston, is to retire after suffering a minor stroke recently.

The English Defence League is planning a protest in Solihull town centre on April 18 in connection with plans for Muslim burial plots in the village of Catherine-de-Barnes.

National Headlines

There could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil onshore beneath the South of England, says exploration firm UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG). Last year, the firm drilled a well at Horse Hill near Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, and analysis of that well suggests the local area could hold 158 million barrels of oil per square mile. But only a fraction of the 100 billion total would be recovered, UKOG admits.

The shorter you are, the greater your risk of heart problems, a team at the University of Leicester says. The study, of nearly 200,000 people, found sections of DNA that control both height and heart health. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed every extra 2.5inches cut coronary disease incidence by 13.5 per cent.



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