29/12/2011 Midlands Today


29/12/2011

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Good evening. Hundreds of businesses across the region say

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they're confident of a better 2012. What's more, almost a third of

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those questioned in a survey by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

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expect to take on staff in the New Year. Cath Mackie reports. This

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machine it is one of our machines... Steve Britton shows off a machine

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bound for oil exploration in China. Just one of several export orders

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secured by BSA Machine Tools in Birmingham and it's looking good

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for 2012. As a company, I am feeling confident. We have got a

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good overseas market now and the promise of more orders to come and

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I think that whilst the first quarter might be quite, from their

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men, things will pick up. - mac from thereon in. He's not the only

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one's who's confident. Of 1,000 businesses questioned across the

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region, just over half believe their fortunes are going to improve

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in the New Year. The manufacturing sector is quite optimistic. They

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have had a tough time and we are talking about figures starting

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fairly low but there is a slight uptown and we hope they may be able

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to take on some more jobs. -- a slight up term. A lot of the

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optimism's been generated by the success of Jaguar Land Rover, and

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the knock on effect for car component firms. But not everyone's

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optimistic. Businesses overall are saying they are expecting a tough

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2012 with inflation the biggest concern among the region's

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manufacturers. So there's caution attached to the hope. Not least

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because 2011 saw unemployment rise to its highest level in 16 years as

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jobs were shed by virtually every sector. BSA, though, have just

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secured an order for the American oil sector worth three quarters of

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a million and are hoping to take on an apprentice in the New Year.

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Seven men have now been arrested following the death of a 23-year-

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old in Shropshire. The victim, Jason Cook, also known by his

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nickname Scottie, was stabbed on Tuesday after a dispute involving

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up to twenty young men in the Monkmoor area of Shrewsbury. He was

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taken to hospital, but died a short time later.

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And a murder investigation is underway after a woman's body was

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found at a house in Wolverhampton this morning. She'd been stabbed. A

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man was discovered at the same address with stab injuries and he's

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being treated in hospital. Police say they're not looking for anyone

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else. The West Midlands has more

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companies specialising in Tele- health, that's remote medical care

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or monitoring in your own home, than anywhere else in the country.

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And with an ageing population and shrinking health budgets, those

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firms could see business growing. Here's our health correspondent,

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Michele Paduano. Four-year-old Thomas Moore has

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autism and developmental delay. One of his obsessions is turning on

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taps, but new technology stops him flooding the bathroom or escaping

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from home in Wolverhampton. haven't got the stress of wondering

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where he is, what he is doing by having the gadgets we have got

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meaning we can monitor Thomas and, at the same time, it is also giving

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him the independence that he needs in order to grow and flourish as he

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gets older. At this house in West Bromwich, Alvolution shows off an

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array of gadgets. Like this fingerprint access to the home.

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Welcome home. I will put the kettle on. There is a change needed in the

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culture that actually care should be and can beat delivered at home.

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Or even outside of the GP's surgery. Are you OK? I am OK. Clinical

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trials show this system can stop death by 45%. It can save money as

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well as lives. Safe Patient Systems has won a �1.4 million contract in

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Bristol that allows 3,000 patients up to the age of 104 to monitor

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themselves. It uses mobile phones. They follow the instructions, this

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device then follows -- takes some readings, then it uploads

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automatically via Bluetooth that reading to the device. The results

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are then sent to a computer. It cuts down on cost and the patients

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tend to manage their health better. That's why the Government is

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encouraging such innovation. 12 months ago, the discovery of the

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remains of more monuments buried in the landscape around Stonehenge

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created international interest. Since then, researchers at the

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University of Birmingham have continued to examine the data

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producing extraordinary results. Our Science Correspondent David

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Gregory has been catching up with progress at the University's high-

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tech archaeology lab. Amazing as the stones are for

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archaeologists, what is going on underneath them is just as

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important and last year an international team including the

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University of Birmingham used the later scanning equipment to examine

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what is going on under the surface without having to lift a spade. So

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this is an Ordnance Survey map and these are the Stonehenge stones

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themselves, this is the car park, and all of this grey area, that is

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all the data the scientists have taken. That is an enormous amount

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of information. When you put it together, it is not just a couple

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of kilometres but seven square kilometres of data. In three

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dimensions as well. To analyse that, it is beyond the capacity of

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individuals and we have to automate the process now to get the most out

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of it. We were the first revealed one of the project's discovers, a

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second wooden Stonehenge. Other features of the landscape have been

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discovered as well. Two pits have been discovered. It is at least a

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month -- a metre deep. We don't think we have got to the bottom. It

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is quite a significant structure. One theory is these pits could have

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contained giant bonfires. That links to a much earlier monument of

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Stonehenge itself which suggests Stonehenge is becoming important

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before the monument that people know so well actually came into

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existence. And that is important. There is much more data to look at

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and this laboratory will be revealing much more of Stonehenge's

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It has been a grey day, let us see what we have been so store.

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It has been a blustery day to day. Those winds will feed in showers

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for the first part of tonight and it will be cloudy. Those showers

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died out with a dry end to the night but it was there a cloudy

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with temperatures dipping to around five. Tomorrow we start off with

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dry weather than a band of rain moves in from the West. Then this

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band of rain spills in across the region for tomorrow afternoon

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bringing a spell of very wet weather. Temperatures, eight, so a

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touch higher. The winds will be lighter as well. New Year's Eve,

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