Media Watch – August 11

By on 11/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council fears over lack of public engagement (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have launched an inquiry to find out why so few people attend local meetings and hold their councillors to account

Beware: Trojan Horse plot still running (Sunday Times) Five head teachers have warned of a second layer of extremists trying to take over Birmingham schools. The DfE and Birmingham City Council said they would look at any new allegations

Milestone for revamp as new roof lowered (Halesowen News) Article on the futuristic-looking atrium roof for the Grand Central shopping centre at New Street station

Fitness guru tells skinnies to get active (Birmingham Mail) The council's new champion for tackling physical inactivity has launched a new fitness campaign

More binmen should be employed directly by the council (BBC WM) In relation to the industrial action by council fleet and waste employees, a representative of the Unite union says the council should employ more binmen direct rather than through agencies

Wholesale markets with turnover of more than £200m per year (BBC WM) Preview ahead of an item tonight on Midlands Today as part of Markets Week, quoting a traders' representative

Respite base saved from threat of axe (Birmingham Mail) The council has said there are no plans to close services for people with learning disabilities at Kingswood Drive Bungalows in Kings Norton

No dancing: militants target street festivals (Sunday Times) Claims that extremists are trying to ban people dancing and listening to music, with reference to claims from a 'community source' that militants are trying to get Muslims to boycott Eid celebrations in Birmingham

Regional Headlines:

Man seriously injured in hit-and-run - Two men are injured, one seriously, after a hit-and-run involving a white van in Walsall

UKIP defends 'Hitler speech' MEP – UKIP defends its West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge, who allegedly advised prospective party candidates to learn from the speaking style of Adolf Hitler

National Headlines:

Iraq's political crisis deepens – Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki says he will sue the president for violating constitutional rules, as he struggles to manage a raging insurgency in the north

Three-day ceasefire holds in Gaza – A fresh three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza is holding, with a prospect of further talks on a longer-term deal

Alcohol drinks 'should carry warning' – Health warnings on alcoholic drinks should be introduced and the drink-drive limit cut, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse says

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