Media Watch – Nov 1

By on 01/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City winning the war on rubbish (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is winning the war against litter and graffiti, with fewer neighbourhoods being plagued with anti-social behaviour.

How will the CSR impact on Birmingham City Council? (BBC WM) Speculative piece about the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on BCC services.

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood attacks social services over care of acid tot Alia Ahmed Jama (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood last night blasted social services over the care of a toddler murdered and dissolved in acid by her own mum.

Firms pay up after council talks tough (Birmingham Mail) The threat of legal action against firms owing money to Birmingham City Council planning department has netted £500,000 in unpaid debts.

Birmingham signs deal with Abu Dhabi (Daily Telegraph, Zawya.com) The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) and Birmingham City Council in the United Kingdom, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) formalising a partnership to help the DMA integrate best practice processes and programmes into its municipalities throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13599

Mayor opens poppy appeal with a bang (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds gathered as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham unveiled the city’s annual Poppy Appeal to a fanfare of pipes, drums and bugles.

Thousands flock to city Diwali festival (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Birmingham shone to the festival of light as thousands attended a huge Diwali party. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13565

Exhibition of Blessed Newman artefacts at Birmingham Museum (The Universe) The Pope’s visit to the UK is still in the hearts and minds of everyone involved – none more so than the people of Birmingham. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has opened an exhibition which will run until January. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12602

Anger over loss of historic hall (Birmingham Mail) Plans to convert a landmark city centre building into offices have been met with opposition from conservation and heritage groups. City planners are expected to approve the conversion of the Central Methodist Hall in Corporation Street.

Regional Headlines

Police bid to identify woman’s body in Birmingham brook
Police have been trying to identify a woman whose body was found in a brook in a Birmingham park.

Seven arrested after football violence in Birmingham
Seven football supporters were arrested after violent disorder broke out at a derby clash between Aston Villa and Birmingham City.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s foundation plans
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust has announced a series of public meetings over its plan to become a foundation trust (FT).

National Headlines

UK emergency committee to discuss air cargo security
The prime minister is due to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency planning committee Cobra, as calls grow for a full review of airport security.

Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt
Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet.

Isle of Wight teenagers to get pill from pharmacies
A controversial scheme allowing girls as young as 13 to obtain the contraceptive pill from pharmacies is being piloted on the Isle of Wight.

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