Media Watch – June 29

By on 29/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Strike to shut 250 schools (Birmingham Mail) At least 250 West Midlands schools are planning to shut in a mass walkout by teachers and civil servants. For the latest news on strike disruption go to:

Traders: We will open (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Birmingham market traders are set to defy an order to remain closed tomorrow as public sector workers walk out on strike.

All set for the Great Brum run (Birmingham Mail, Central, BRMB, BBC WM) The starting gun was yesterday fired on this year’s Birmingham half marathon – an event that is good for the city economy and the waistlines of those taking part.

Brazilian rare tamarins arrive at Birmingham Nature Centre (BBC) Animal experts in Birmingham are joining the fight to save an endangered species of primate.

New homes (Birmingham Mail) New council homes are on the horizon in Saltley as work is set to begin on three plots of land in the area.

Who’s blocking their dreams? (Daily Telegraph) Article looking at opposition to Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plan for more Academies – references to Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

‘Overwhelming’ support after raid
The Midlands Air Ambulance receives record levels of support after an armed raid where staff were held hostage by three masked men.

Union picks black woman president
Public sector trade union Unison elects its first black woman president – a theatre nurse from Birmingham.

National Headlines

Warning of strike travel delays 
Travellers are warned to expect delays on arrival at UK ports and airports on Thursday as hundreds of immigration and customs officers are due to strike.

Abductions by parents ‘show rise’
The number of British children abducted by a parent and taken to a country beyond Foreign Office protection has risen 10% in the past year, it says.

Business rates ‘to be localised’
Councils in England will be allowed to keep the business rates they collect rather than paying them into Treasury coffers, under new government plans.

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