Media Watch – Dec 14 (am)

By on 14/12/2009 in Media Watch

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Birmingham put in the European dining spotlight (Birmingham Post Online)
Birmingham will become the culinary capital of the world next summer after beating Madrid to a coveted food honour. The City Council and Marketing Birmingham have announced that the Delice network of Good Food Cities has voted to select Birmingham as its City Under the Microscope during July 2010.

Birmingham welcomes JA sports chief (The Voice)
The special bond between Jamaica and Birmingham is growing even stronger after Howard Aris, president of Jamaica's Amateur Athletic Association, made his first trip to the UK city. And he returned to the Caribbean delighted with the world-class facilities that Birmingham can provide for Jamaica's Track and Field Team for the 2012 Olympics.

The Art Fund Leads Official Campaign to Save Precious Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Gold for the West Midlands (artdaily.org)
Independent charity The Art Fund today announces that it will be leading a public campaign to save an unparalleled hoard of treasures, dating from Anglo-Saxon times, for the West Midlands. Members of the public can now donate to save the Staffordshire Hoard via www.artfund.org/hoard

Birmingham councillor shares platform with member of Hizb ut Tahrir (Sunday Mercury)
A SENIOR Birmingham City councillor has shared a stage with a member of an Islamic extremist group his party wants to ban. Les Lawrence, head of children's services at the Conservative-controlled council, met with Yusuf Patel, who is a member of controversial Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT).
 
Birmingham mum-of-three facing prison in jail over council tax (Sunday Mercury)
A SINGLE mum-of-three faces Christmas behind bars after being taken to court for not paying her council tax. Sally Jones, 36, is being pursued by Birmingham City Council for a £3,000 debt stretching back more than six years.

Regional Headlines

Cadbury raps ‘derisory’ Kraft bid 
UK confectioner Cadbury has defended its decision to reject a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Foods.

Cadbury and Hershey in bid talks 
 Cadbury and Hershey are in talks with a view to the American company making a bid for the Birmingham based confectioner, the BBC has learned.
 
Fatal accident witnesses appeal 
Police are asking for witnesses to a crash which killed a pedestrian in Birmingham to come forward. Hamsa Musse, 24, from Lozells, died after being hit by a black Ford Ka on the city-bound carriageway of the A34 Birchfield Road on Saturday morning.
 
First bus leaves revamped Birmingham coach station 
The first buses have left Birmingham’s Digbeth Coach Station later following a £15m revamp. The station, which has been shut since November 2007, includes a new concourse, information centre, a cafe, shop and toilets.
 
Electric cars are put to the test 
The first stage of a government-supported electric car trial has started in the West Midlands. A total of 340 vehicles will be tested across the UK, 110 of those will be based in Birmingham and Coventry.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5613

National Headlines

Theft inquiry launched as NHS seen as ‘easy target’ 
The NHS has launched an investigation into thefts, amid reports criminals see the service as an “easy target”.

Brown to unveil plan to tackle Afghan roadside bombs 
Gordon Brown is to outline proposals to counter roadside bombs which have led to rising UK deaths in Afghanistan.

Binyam Mohamed torture collusion case returns to court 
Three of England’s most senior judges are to hear an appeal by the government against letting the public know about allegations of torture.

British Airways strike ballot result awaited 
A strike by British Airways cabin crew before Christmas could move a step closer when the result of a ballot for industrial action is announced.

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