Media Watch – July 18

By on 18/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Jobs won’t go to India (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A controversial decision to send 55 Service Birmingham IT jobs to India has been reversed.

Unused fields could become cricket pitch (Birmingham Mail) An inner-city playing field (Belchers Lane, Small Heath) mothballed after being earmarked for a hospital research centre for the last decade, is to be restored as a community cricket pitch.

New space-age Alexander Stadium guarantees lift-off for Birmingham Diamond League (Inside the Games) As any international athletics meeting promoter will tell you, you can’t guarantee excitement. All you can do is assemble the best elements you can lay your hands on and hope the desired chemical reaction will occur.

Central Library is handed £70k boost (Birmingham Mail) An exhibition based on hundreds of boxes of documents and photographs discovered at the former offices of the man who designed Birmingham Central Library has received a boost from Arts Council England.

Disabled athletes competing (Birmingham Mail) The new-look Alexander Stadium in Birmingham welcomed 250 learning disabled athletes from across the region for the Special Olympics at the weekend.

Rats: The scourge of the streets (Birmingham Mail) Report looking at reports of rat sightings in Birmingham over a three-year period.

Dinner for Jamaica’s young stars (Birmingham Mail) The next generation of Jamaican sprinters will be joining the world’s fastest men Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell at their Olympic training camp in Birmingham next summer.

Regional Headlines

Family murders’ ‘terrible’ legacy
Relatives of a family found murdered in their home in May speak of their grief, as police still hunt prime suspect Anxiang Du, who worked in Birmingham.

Final push over high speed rail
Opponents and supporters of the proposed HS2 high speed rail route are making a final push during the last few days of consultation.

National Headlines

Pressure on PM as Met chief quits
The prime minister is facing renewed questions on his connection to the phone-hacking scandal after Britain’s most senior police officer resigned.

Army set to cut troops by 19,000
The regular Army is likely to be cut in size while reserve forces are to be increased as part of a radical overhaul of the armed forces to be announced later.

‘Trade not aid’, PM tells Africa
David Cameron arrives in Johannesburg for the start of a trip to bolster Britain’s business links with Africa’s fastest growing economies.

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