Media Watch – Feb 15

By on 15/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon update

City factory fire sparks alert over chemicals (Express and Star) Flames ripped through a Birmingham factory today, leaving workers lining the streets as they arrived for shifts. A fire alarm triggered at around 5am at Precision Micro. No-one was believed to have been in the building at the Fort Dunlop industrial estate near Castle Bromwich.

West Midlanders amongst fattest in UK (ITV Central, BBC WM radio, Birmingham Post online, BBC news online) People in the West Midlands are amongst the fattest in the country with average body mass index (BMI) of 28.1. Healthy BMI is classed between 18.5 to 24.9.

Children killed by window cord (BBC WM radio, Express and Star) Two young children have been strangled by the cord of a window blind in identical accidents in the space of five days. 

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Worse yet to come on outlook for jobs, says survey (Financial Times) Birmingham City Council job losses highlighted in article focussing on public sector jobs.

Street curfew plan for suburb’s teens (Birmingham Mail) Thugs will be banished from the streets of a Birmingham neighbourhood (Shard End/Tile Cross) after police were granted tough new powers.

Council plans to help small firms (Birmingham Mail) Recession busting loans totalling £800,000 have been granted by Birmingham City Council to four firms. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7248

Birmingham to sign official contract with Jamaica for London 2012 (Inside the Games) Jamaica will officially seal a deal next week for its athletes, including Usain Bolt (pictured), to hold its pre-London 2012 Games training camp in Birmingham. Officials will sign a contract with Birmingham City Council when they travel to the city to watch the Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena on Saturday. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7361

£68m wage claim shelved by unions (Birmingham Mail) Unions have dropped a £68 million legal claim against a controversial pay and grading shake-up at Birmingham City Council, which saw 5,000 workers suffer wage cuts.

City set to raid ‘rainy day’ savings (Birmingham Mail) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council may have to dip into its ‘rainy day’ savings account in order to set a legal budget later this month.

£200,000 boost to keep hoard in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Members of the public have boosted the campaign to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands with £200,000 of donations. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7368

Year of the Tiger’s a roaring success (Birmingham Mail) High kicking Kung-Fu fighters, colourful dancing dragons and death defying acrobats brought in the Chinese New Year in style in Birmingham at the Arcadian Centre yesterday. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7377

Regional Headlines

Kraft bosses to face Cadbury questioning by MPs 
MPs are to question senior officials from US food giant Kraft next month over its takeover of Cadbury.

Last passenger trip for the West Midlands’ Metrobus 
They have been described as the West Midlands equivalent of London’s famous Routemaster. But on Sunday, like the London bus, the Birmingham-built Metrobus was pensioned off.

Boy falls through asbestos roof in Birmingham 
A teenage boy was taken to hospital after falling at least 4.6m (15ft) through an asbestos roof in Birmingham. Emergency services had to force their way into the disused building in Bristol Road, Selly Oak, on Saturday.

Arrests over Aston Villa and Millwall youth cup trouble 
Thirteen people have been arrested after two men were hurt following an FA Youth Cup game in Birmingham.

Police find woman’s body at Birmingham address 
A woman has been found dead at an address in Birmingham. Police found the 54-year-old woman’s body on Friday evening when they were called to the scene in Court Lane, Erdington.

National Headlines

Language skills ‘lag a year behind in poorest children’ 
Children from the poorest homes are almost a year behind middle class pupils in language skills by the time they start school, research suggests.

BA agrees deal for UK jet biofuel plant 
British Airways has struck a deal to build the first plant in Europe to produce jet fuel from waste matter.

Jobs market ‘still on the ropes’ 
The UK economy is facing more redundancies, with substantial cuts expected in the public sector, a report has found.

Teenage domestic violence tackled by advert campaign 
An advertising campaign is being launched to raise awareness of domestic violence in teenage relationships.

Grandparents who care for children ‘boost obesity risk’ 
Young children who are regularly looked after by their grandparents have an increased risk of being overweight, an extensive British study has suggested.

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