Media Watch – Feb 22

By on 22/02/2010 in Media Watch

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Jamaica’s 2012 Olympics team plan Birmingham base  (Sky News, BBC, Central, Birmingham Post online, Birmingham Mail, The Gleaner, The Voice, BRMB, Smooth FM) The Jamaican track and field team have signed a deal to bring their athletes to Birmingham for the 2012 Olympics. It means the city will be home to two high-profile training camps. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7525

Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines appeared on BBC Radio WM responding to claims that the Bartley Green and Quinton wards have become a ‘dumping ground’ for problem tenants.

‘Baby boom’ school places crisis (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of children are being taught in temporary classrooms because a ‘baby boom’ has plunged Birmingham into a school places crisis.

Meeting on hall future (Birmingham Mail) The future of the historic Highbury Hall is under the spotlight at a public meeting this week.

Union boss in blast at Cadbury leaflet (Birmingham Mail) Cadbury’s most senior union official at Bournville has accused well known Birmingham Tory Nigel Dawkins of ‘naked opportunism’ in a furious political storm over the Kraft takeover.

Council can’t evict families (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has failed to evict 12 families from seven of its houses despite claiming the properties were rented to them unfairly.

Stars urged to drop gold ads (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs at Birmingham City Council are to urge TV presenters like Dale Winton and David Dickinson to stop fronting advertising campaigns for ‘rip-off’ cash for gold companies. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7022

Explosion sparks curry crackdown (Sky News, BBC, Birmingham Mail) A curry house owner has been forced to pay £6,000 in fines and legal fees after its traditional tandoor over exploded in the face of an employee. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7486

£2.6m in payouts (Sunday Mercury) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council is haemorrhaging millions of pounds in payouts to its own staff.

Watchdog in blast at ‘log book’ loans (Birmingham Mail) Archaic bill of sale laws, under which desperate people are loaned money at rip-off rates, need to be overhauled according to a Birmingham consumer watchdog.

Denham targets £20bn in council cost-cutting (Guardian) Article looking at how Total Place pilot projects are looking to save money by co-ordinating services.

Tory councils join talks on high speed line (Guardian) The Tory frontbench decision to end the bipartisan consensus over a proposed 200mph London to Birmingham rail route frayed yesterday when it emerged four Tory-run councils (including Birmingham)have been holding detailed talks on the plan with the government and its advisors.

100,000 to face sack (People) Article looking at expected public sector job losses – highlighting 2,000 losses at Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Diabetes a ‘South Asian time-bomb’ 
A new diabetes centre in Birmingham is aiming to tackle the rising number of cases in the South Asian community.

Man arrested after car hits teenagers in Wednesbury 
A man has been arrested after a 17-year-old was left in a critical condition when a car mounted a pavement and hit a group of five teenagers.

200 sheep evacuated from Birmingham abattoir after fire (Birmingham Post online) More than 200 sheep were evacuated from a Birmingham abattoir as flames ripped through the building.

National Headlines

PM claims by bullying charity challenged by Labour 
Labour has gone on the offensive over Gordon Brown’s temperament after an anti-bullying charity said it had been contacted by staff from his office.

‘Baby P’ doctor faces GMC hearing 
A doctor accused of failing to spot the signs that Baby P was being abused is due before the General Medical Council (GMC) charged with misconduct.

Drilling for oil set to start off the Falkland Islands 
A British rig is due to begin drilling for oil in the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands, despite strong opposition from Argentina.

Passengers rescued after Eurostar breaks down in Kent 
More than 700 passengers have had to be rescued from a Eurostar train in Kent after it experienced what the company said was a “major technical problem”.

Obesity rise on death certificates, researchers say 
There has been a “dramatic rise” in deaths in England in which obesity was a contributory factor, researchers say.

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