Media Watch – July 12

By on 12/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Birds of prey hired by council (Independent, Birmingham Mail) The council has hired birds of prey to guard the city's new £188m library from gulls and pigeons.

Brum food 'too diverse' for a single festival (Birmingham Mail) Marketing Birmingham ending 'Taste of Birmingham' event and launching a summer campaign, 'Birmingyum'

Transport boss quizzed over packed trains (Birmingham Mail) With A38 tunnels closures ahead, Cllr Ali asked to explain alternative plans for motorists, when many commuter trains already packed. Cllrs Ali and Pears quoted

Hoping for flower power (Birmingham Mail) Judges from the RHS given a tour of the city's floral displays as they judged the Heart of England In Bloom competition

£400m scheme gets underway (Birmingham Mail) Work has finally started on 2.3m sq ft Arena Central, long-delayed £400m city centre mixed-use development

Eleven acts get set for final of talent contest (Birmingham Mail) Last-minute preparations are underway today for the big Birmingham's Best Talent final, the brainchild of Deputy Lord mayor Cllr John Lines, raising money for his chosen charities.

Regional Headlines

Public support for HS2 has fallen by 7% since January, according to a YouGov poll

More than 100 people have held a protest against funding cuts at Sandwell's Independent Living Centre

Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot by the Taliban who goes to school in Birmingham, has changed the destiny of some children in Pakistan – but many remain uneducated

National Headlines

An official review of school food suggests head teachers in England should ban packed lunches and lower the price of cooked dinners to promote healthy eating.

The government is to postpone plans for standardised plain cigarette packaging, to spend more time studying a similar scheme in Australia.

Thousands of Orangemen prepare to take part in a total of 550 parades to mark 12 July across Northern Ireland.

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