Media Watch – August 10

By on 10/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bolt thanks city after 200m gold (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Usain Bolt thanks Birmingham for help in his preparations after becoming the first man to retain both Olympic sprint titles.

Aalihya Jordon-Fellows killing by uncle ‘preventable’ (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Free Radio, Birmingham Mail) The death of a four-month-old girl in Birmingham four years ago “could and should have been prevented”, according to a serious case review.

Birmingham backs changes to cigarette packaging (Free Radio) Leading public health figures in Birmingham have written to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley outlining their support for plans to standardise cigarette packaging. Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, interviewed.

Deep-seated inequalities must be fixed or else it will happen again (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham needs to tackle its ‘deep rooted inequalities’ to ensure there is no repeat of last summer’s riots. Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities, Cllr John Cotton, says a huge discrepancy in life chances is holding the city back.

Ghost town (Birmingham Mail) Traders along Birmingham’s Corporation Street claim trade has plunged by up to 50 per cent since bus stops were removed.

Mummy’s the word in Brum (Birmingham Mail) A masterclass in ancient Egyptian make-up is coming to Birmingham this weekend.

Fly-tipping fears as council budgets cut (Birmingham Mail) Cuts to council budgets have sparked fears fly-tipping could be on the increase.

Top acts for relaunch of Eid festival (Birmingham Mail) Brummie music, comedy and artistic talent is at the heart of the relaunched Eid Mela event to be staged at Cannon Hill Park next month.

Birthday bonus at leisure centre (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham couple who were among the first to hold a wedding reception at a city centre leisure centre were invited back for its 25th birthday.

New city oasis starts to grow (Birmingham Mail) Work on Birmingham’s first purpose-built park for 125 years – Eastside – is bang on target.

Council tenants ‘kicked in teeth’ (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have been accused of ‘kicking council tenants in the teeth’ in an overhaul of neighbourhood groups.

Mistake left city hall unprotected (Birmingham Mail) A historic church hall under threat of demolition was almost missed from a list of protected buildings due to a filing mix-up.

The social care time-bomb (Progress Online) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, writes about the adult social care challenges facing local authorities.

Early intervention and targeted projects keep girls out of custody (Children and Young people Now) Birmingham City Council’s Michelle Virgo-Crooks looks at the challenges of working with girls in the youth justice system.

Regional Headlines

Funeral for former referee Taylor
The funeral of former World Cup final referee Jack Taylor is due to take place in Wolverhampton later.

Solihull Hospital cancer patient calls for independent inquiry
A breast cancer patient who received unauthorised surgery has called for an independent inquiry into the role a West Midlands hospital played.

National Headlines

GB take London gold tally to 25
Jade Jones, Nicola Adams and Charlotte Dujardin all become Olympic champions to boost Britain’s total of golds.

UK to give Syria rebels extra £5m
Foreign Secretary William Hague announces the UK will commit an extra £5 million worth of non-lethal equipment to the Syrian Free Army.

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