Media Watch – Dec 16 (am)

By on 16/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councils must rise to the financial challenge (Guardian)
Article looking at local government spending cuts says: Progressive councils are developing new ways of working. Birmingham, a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, has begun planning for a ‘worst case scenario’ by taking steps to redesign services.

Council confident new Birmingham library will cope with visitor numbers (Birmingham Post Online)
Claims that visitors to Birmingham’s new civic library may have to queue to get in at the busiest times have been rejected as ‘highly unlikely’.

Students can enter virtual world to test school design  (BBC)
Students and teachers in Birmingham will be able to test plans for rebuilding schools using a computer-game style virtual world.

Carillion secures city library deal (Express and Star)
A contract between Wolverhampton construction giant Carillion and Birmingham City Council to build the largest library in Europe has been approved, paving the way for 200 new jobs. The deal was formally approved by Birmingham City Council's cabinet yesterday with work on the £193 million building in Centenary Square due to start next year.

Regional Headlines

Workers show support for Cadbury 
Cadbury staff from across the UK and from Dublin are meeting in Birmingham to show their opposition to the hostile takeover bid by US firm Kraft.

Hit and run driver ‘looked back’ 
A driver who knocked over a nine-year-old girl leaving her severely injured, looked back at her before driving off, a witness has told police. Paige Conlon was left lying in the road near her home in Birmingham with a fractured pelvis, badly broken hip and serious head injury on 6 December.
 
Electric cinema celebrates its centenary 
A cinema in Birmingham celebrating its centenary is to show newsreels found when it was renovated. The Electric Cinema showed its first silent movie on 27 December 1909 and is believed to be the oldest working cinema in the UK.

Ripper’s letters to be auctioned 
Letters written by the Yorkshire Ripper to a woman in Birmingham are to be sold at auction.

Vicar sues church over bullying claims 
A vicar from Worcester is taking his diocese to an employment tribunal over claims he was forced out of his “toxic parish”.

National Headlines

Copenhagen climate deal ‘faces problems’ – Gordon Brown 
It may not be possible to get a new deal over global warming at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has admitted.
Global approval for BCC’s plans – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5789
 
British Airways seeks legal block to Christmas strike 
British Airways will launch a legal bid later to try to stop a 12-day Christmas strike by cabin crew going ahead.
 
Councils ‘would pilot Tory home energy grants’ 
Tory plans for energy efficiency grants for over three million homes would be piloted by 14 English councils and London’s mayor, David Cameron will say.
 
Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack 
Two British soldiers have been killed by a suspected suicide bomber while on patrol with the Afghan army.

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