Media Watch – March 22

By on 22/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Farcical’ council tarmacs around parked sports car (Daily Mail, Metro) A parked sports car failed to stop a council resurfacing a road – as workers simply laid the New Tarmac around it.

Step back in time with Mr Tom the jeweller (Daily Telegraph) Sandi Toksvig visits Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and gains an insight into the practices used in the Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham care homes warned to expect inspections after 75-year-old man dies of scalding in Ladywood home (Birmingham Mail) Care homes and hostels are being warned they face inspection visits to check hot water supplies following an inquest into the death by scalding of an elderly man last year. Birmingham City Council has been ordered to carry out the checks by the city's Coroner Aiden Cotter.

Birmingham’s own children in need (Municipal Journal) Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families explains changes to children’s services recently approved by cabinet.

Gaming arcade plans go ahead (Birmingham Mail) A gaming centre with one armed bandits offering a £500 top prize is to open in Birmingham City Centre. Councillors approved the Red Bat Slot Arcade yesterday.

Discrimination case thrown out (Birmingham Mail) A white social worker has lost his bid to claim up to £18,000 compensation from Birmingham City Council for race discrimination.

Regional Headlines

University of Birmingham staff in strike action
Staff at the University of Birmingham are joining colleagues across the country in strike action.

Hard shoulders opens on busy M6 by Birmingham
Drivers are now able to use the hard shoulders on one of the busiest stretches of motorway in England.

London Midland train drivers to be balloted for strike
London Midland staff are being balloted for strike action in a dispute about pay and conditions.

National Headlines

Britain steps up Libya no-fly zone mission
Britain’s contribution to efforts by coalition forces to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya is being stepped up.

Ofcom to launch next-generation 4G consultations
The telecoms regulator is to launch consultations later on how best to sell off the rights to the next generation of mobile wireless networks.

Nuclear power support in UK falls over Japan fears
More Britons support the building of new nuclear power stations than oppose it, despite the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima plant, an opinion poll says.

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