Media Watch – Feb 17

By on 17/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Mother charged with murder (BBC Midlands Today, Express & Star, An Erdington woman appeared before magistrates in Sutton Coldfield this morning, charged with the murder of her three-year-old daughter, who was found dead at a house containing a hazardous substance.  Iman Omar Yousef, aged 24, spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth during the three-minute hearing.
£1m park transformation begins (Express & Star, BBC Radio WM) A £1 million renovation project to restore Sutton Park to the way that it looked 500 years ago got under way today.  The ten year improvement programme to one of the largest parks in Europe, attracting more than two million visitors a year, will see the historic heathlands preserved plus improvements made to paths and signage.  Dr Stefan Bodnar, project manager of the scheme, and Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted in the newspaper; the former also spoke on WM this morning.  See also:
Brum Half Marathon up and running (BBC Midlands Today) Following the runaway success of the 2009 event, the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon will return this year on Sunday 24 October.  Over 12,000 runners signed up last year and the organisers have set a target of 15,000 runners for 2010.  See also:

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum’s £60m village for criminals (Birmingham Mail) A notorious armed robber is in talks with Birmingham City Council over plans to invest £60 million in a new 28-acre village for ex convicts.

Jobs cull hits council chiefs (Birmingham Mail) Ten of Birmingham City Council’s highest paid officials are fighting to save their jobs as the local authority’s cash crisis reaches the executive ranks.

Tory move on social work (Birmingham Mail) Child protection services in Birmingham will be improved by allowing social workers to quit their jobs with the city council and set up independent ‘chambers’ in the same way as barristers, Shadow Children’s Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

Eviction threat to estate yobs (Birmingham Mail) Council estate neighbours from hell will be easier to evict after city housing bosses beefed up tenancy agreements in a bid to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

Drive to end city taxi jam (Birmingham Mail) Taxi access to Birmingham’s New Street Station could be rationed in an attempt to relieve traffic chaos.

Tory pledge to go local doesn’t add up (Guardian) As Britain’s largest local authority, Birmingham, plans to shed up to 2,000 jobs in an attempt to save £75m over the next year, Glasgow city council is already halfway towards its goal of 4,000 job losses. All in all you might imagine the Treasury sledgehammer in bearing down on local government.

If only the BBC behaved less like bankers and more like my local council (Guardian) The contrast could not be more stark. One ­organisation, a large ­media ­corporation, is forced to reveal that it funds its ­senior ­executives to hire $1,000-a-day ­limousines, and gives £54m to its ­highest paid ­employees (refusing to confirm ­estimates that 40 of them earn more than £1m each a year). Meanwhile ­another ­organisation, a municipal ­authority, is facing up to 2,000 job cuts, most of them in ­children’s services. The chief executive of the first justifies its largesse by arguing that, after all, it’s not a local council. Well, there is truth in this. Care ­workers in Birmingham are responsible for the protection and wellbeing of highly vulnerable young people, ­making knife-edge decisions. BBC ­executives are responsible for putting out Snog Marry Avoid?.

£1 million Sutton Park project gets underway Biodiversity officer Stefan Bodnar interviewed on BBC Radio WM.

Regional Headlines

‘Acid death’ girl’s mother on murder charge 
A woman has been charged with the murder of her three-year-old daughter, as detectives investigate whether acid was involved in the child’s death.

Road and rail funds battle (Birmingham Mail) A powerful inquiry has slammed the Government for pouring money into London’s transport network and ignoring the needs of the West Midlands.

Kraft’s fourth-quarter profit more than triples 
US food giant Kraft Foods has said that its fourth-quarter profit more than tripled as sales rose in developing countries.

National Headlines

Jurors struggle to understand judges, says major study 
Two-thirds of jurors in criminal trials do not fully understand a judge’s legal directions, a study of juries suggests.

British men named as assassins shocked by claims 
Israel-based UK citizens whose names were on passports used by an alleged hit squad insist they had nothing to do with killing a Hamas official in Dubai.

Middle-aged targeted in Change4Life health campaign 
The middle-aged are to be urged to downsize their plates and dance to the radio as part of the government-backed Change4Life advertising campaign.

Yarl’s Wood ‘must still improve child detention’ 
Detention at an immigration removal centre is still “distressing and harmful” for children, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said.

Argentina imposes shipping rules in Falklands oil row 
Argentina has imposed new controls on shipping to the Falkland Islands in a growing oil dispute with the UK.

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