Media Watch – Jan 19

By on 19/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Talks continue between Birmingham City Council and unions representing Trades Unions. (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM)

Costs of bin strikes dismissed by chiefs (Birmingham Mail) Fears that the bin strike could end up plunging the council’s fleet and waste management service into the red have been dismissed by the city’s chiefs.

The mystery of the headless statue (Birmingham Mail, TradingMarkets.com) Birmingham City Council is hoping snap happy residents can help it get a head start in the final stage of a £13 million restoration project. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/the-mystery-of-the-headless-statue/

Singles night at museum (Birmingham Mail) Unsuspecting Brummies could be hit by Cupid’s arrow as they browse through works of art. http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1093

Repairs set to start at library (Birmingham Mail) Repairs to Kings Heath Library are set to start next week meaning it could re-open at the start of March.

Fury over ‘Whitby as Mayor’ (Birmingham Mail) Plans to make city council leader Mike Whitby Mayor of Birmingham without an election are ‘anti-democratic’, opposition MPs have claimed.

Youth centres facing the axe (Birmingham Mail) More than 40 youth centres and projects throughout Birmingham are at risk under cutbacks being considered by the city council.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham University protest ends in clash
Clashes between Birmingham student protesters, police and security staff have led to allegations one student was headbutted and two others were punched.

Bupa Care Homes admits failings after resident’s death
A care home in Birmingham has admitted failing to ensure the safety of its residents on the night a widow was strangled in a wheelchair accident.

Darren Bent moves to Aston Villa in record deal 
Aston Villa have smashed their transfer record in signing Sunderland striker Darren Bent in a deal which could eventually cost them £24m.

National Headlines

NHS bill to detail major overhaul in England
The government is to publish details of the biggest planned overhaul of the NHS in England since its creation, amid mounting criticism of the changes.

MP Graham Allen calls for early years intervention
Early intervention will improve the lives of vulnerable children and help break the cycle of “dysfunction and under-achievement”, a report says.

Police say Jo Yeates ‘did not eat pizza’
Murder victim Jo Yeates did not eat the pizza she bought in the final moments before she disappeared, police have said.

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