Media Watch – Feb 25

By on 25/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Starved child’s mother guilty of manslaughter (All national and local TV and radio, birminghammail.net) The mother of Khyra Ishaq, who starved to death, has been cleared of her murder and has had her plea of guilty to manslaughter accepted.  Prosecutors accepted Angela Gordon’s defence of diminished responsibility over her death.  Gordon’s partner Junaid Abuhamza had already had a manslaughter plea accepted following a report on his mental health.  Background information and key facts:  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7717
 
High Speed Rail conference today (BBC Midlands Today) A conference this lunchtime put forward that a high speed rail network connecting the Midlands to other parts of the country would provide a huge economic boost to the region.  It was suggested that, for every pound spent on building the route, £3 would be generated.  A high speed lie would also help reduce journey times, with a train to London taking just 45 minutes.  See also: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7736

Meals on Wheels supplier set to be chosen (BBC Radio WM) Councillor Sue Anderson went on Ed Doolan’s show to discuss the results of the Meals on Wheels consultation regarding daily delivered hot meals, which is to be presented to Cabinet Committee (procurement) today.  A supplier has been recommended following an extensive consultation and tendering exercise.  Prospective companies have been scored on a range of criteria, including quality, portion size, appearance of food and the ease by which the packaging can be opened.

“Futures” job event at Villa Park (BBC Radio WM) Birmingham City Council’s free two-day jobs event began today at Villa Park, with jobseekers from across the West Midlands looking at hundreds of jobs on offer.  It was featured on Ed Doolan’s show today.  See also: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7763

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham shortlisted for UK City of Culture (BBC R4 Front Row, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun, Times, BBC, Belfast Telegraph, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, WM, BRMB, Smooth, Heart, Art Daily)http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7701

Leader of the council Cllr Mike Whitby on BBC Radio WM defending the council budget and insisting frontline services will not be affected. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7662

Race row Tory’s case for payout thrown out  (Birmingham Post) A black businessman who accused the Conservative Party in Birmingham of discrimination has had his case for compensation thrown out.

Council will not back fat cat payments (Birmingham Post) Top Birmingham City Council executives will make do with the same redundancy terms offered to rank and file staff under plans to shed 2,000 jobs.

Developers stump up more cash for MIPIM (Birmingham Post) Developers are putting the recession behind them by stumping up a far higher proportion of the cash needed to enable Birmingham City Council to continue its £250,000 presence at the MIPIM property conference in the south of France.

Parklife (Birmingham Post) Sutton Park to be restored to its former glory.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7399

Row over care for the elderly (Birmingham Post) A decision to halt the planned closure of Birmingham’s council run old people’s homes is short sighted and could be costing taxpayers £15 million a year, according to a group of private sector care home owners.

No hiding place for staff (Birmingham Post) Alan Rudge, the Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member accused of steamrollering through mass redundancies among the local authority’s workforce is fighting back.

High speed’s perfect fit for global city (Birmingham Post) A high speed railway line for the UK would provide a vital piece of the long-term jigsaw aimed at bringing lasting prosperity to Birmingham and its citizens. Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Metro plan just the ticket (Birmingham Post) An expected plan by the Department for Transport that Birmingham is to get £82 million to enable the Midland Metro tram system to be extended from Snow Hill to New Street station represents one of the most extraordinary political achievements in recent years.

Appeal for safer taxis (Birmingham Mail) A campaign has been launched for safer city taxis – in memory of a wheelchair bound teenager who died when she was not secured in properly during a ride home from hospital.

Backing Birmingham supplement in Birmingham Mail.

NB: Birmingham Post and Mail links not available at time of posting.

Birmingham backs £69m budget axe (Morning Star) Around 120 protesters braved cold weather outside the town hall in Victoria Square on Tuesday night as the Tory-run Birmingham City Council formally approved financial plans to save £69 million at a five-hour budget meeting.

Regional Headlines

Inquest due on ‘killer’ of girl found in lorry layby 
An inquest into the death of a man who is thought to have strangled his partner’s nine-year-old daughter before killing himself is set to begin. Stacey Lawrence was found dead in the cab of a white Spar lorry in a layby on the A605 near Warmington, Northamptonshire, in August last year.

Huge rise in banned fighting dogs 
As police raids see the arrest of three people for animal cruelty, the number of banned dogs used for fighting, then abandoned, is soaring. In the pre-dawn gloom, a team of police and RSPCA officers wearing helmets, carrying stun shields and metal lassos gathered outside a door on a terraced street in central Birmingham.

Sentence doubled in West Bromwich iron ‘branding’ case 
An abusive husband who “branded” his wife’s face with an iron has had his sentence doubled by the Appeal Court.

National Headlines

Royal Bank of Scotland announces £3.6bn of losses 
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced losses for 2009 of £3.6bn, after struggling with billions of pounds of bad loans.

Two men die in Glencoe avalanche 
Two climbers swept away by an avalanche in the Highlands have died, police have confirmed.

British Gas profits jump by 58% to record high 
Operating profits at British Gas jumped by 58% in 2009 to a record high, its parent company Centrica has said.

Assisted suicide legal guidance due 
Full guidance aimed at clarifying what factors might mitigate against someone being prosecuted for helping another person to die is due to be released.

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