Media Watch – July 8 (am)

By on 08/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Dream Teams  (The Guardian – Society Guardian, July 8 ) Sonia Mais-Rose is being hailed as the new face of the residential care home worker. She has worked for Birmingham City Council for more than half her life, always in residential care homes. But now she is at the forefront of changes that are supposed to revolutionise how the council provides care to older people.

Council’s failure to pay care home to be probed (Birmingham Post, July 8 ) An inquiry has been launched into Birmingham City Council’s alleged failure to pay a care home for services it has provided.

CT scans unravel mummy mystery (Radio 5Live Drive and Sky News online) Adam Jaffer, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Curator of World Cultures interviewed about the mummy scans story.

Head attacks reaction over swine flu (Birmingham Post, July 8 ) The headteacher of a Birmingham school at the centre of England’s biggest swine flu outbreak has attacked the Health Protection Agency (HPA) for being slow to react.

Regional Headlines

Bhattacharyya hits back over Phoenix allegations (Birmingham Post, July 8 ) The Phoenix Four have accused Midland peer Lord Bhattacharyya of ‘frequent and persistent’ attacks on MG Rover in an extraordinary broadside aimed at one of the UK’s most influential car industry figures.

Fifth of 11-year-olds ‘are obese’  (BBC)
At least a fifth of all 11-year-old children in five West Midlands boroughs are obese, according to NHS figures.The problem is worst in Sandwell, where 23.9% of children are obese. In Wolverhampton 22.3% of 11-year-olds are obese, in Birmingham the figure is 22.1%, in Dudley it is 20.1% and in Walsall the number is 20%.

City research into energy that’s not to be wasted (Birmingham Post, July 8 ) The West Midlands may not immediately stand out for its sources of renewable energy – we don’t have Scotland’s wind, California’s sun or the tidal resources of the coastal areas to harness for example.

Woman accused after body is found  (BBC)
A 49-year-old woman has been charged with murdering an elderly lady who was found dead in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Defence secretary supports Afghan strategy

UK set to reform bank regulation

Teen pregnancy project ditched

Foreign office minister resigns

Michael Jackson funeral

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