25/08/2014 Midlands Today


25/08/2014

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The former chair of governors at Birmingham's only Islamic school

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that he intimidated staff and trespassed on the site.

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Waseem Yaqub and the rest of the governing body

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were sacked from Al`Hijrah school following a damning Ofsted report.

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He's now facing legal action by the city council.

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In May, Ofsted placed Al`Hijrah School in special measures,

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criticising its teaching and management.

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Waseem Yaqub was head of thd board of governors which was then sacked

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by Birmingham City Council following the damning report.

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In June, an injunction was hssued against Mr Yaqub

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for allegedly harassing and intimidating staff,

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for damages of between ?50,000 and ?100,000.

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The whole of this case and all of the stuff

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that they put in the applic`tion, right, is bogus.

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And the more that some people in Birmingham City Council do this,

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the more it demonstrates to the public

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that they are the ones who `re harassing and intimidating

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not just me but all other chtizens not to dare to question, right,

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the abuse of power and the waste of taxpayers' money

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that they are doing by bringing this case.

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of any particular institution in the city,

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particularly when it belongs to the people,

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and we must cater, at the end of the day,

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for the best interest of those children in those schools,

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and it's incumbent on the local authority

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The new academic year starts in a week's time,

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and it's likely the new board of governors will have its work cut out

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trying to turn the school around and pull it out of special leasures.

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it's unable to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

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Amy Cole, BBC Midlands Todax, Birmingham.

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A charity that helps women with postnatal depression s`ys

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demand for its service is so high it needs to recruit 50 new voltnteers.

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Acacia Family Support says more women are coming forward

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to get help for the condition, which affects one in ten new mothdrs.

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The arrival of tiny feet is meant to bring joy and h`ppiness,

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but for Christina Peak, a ndw baby brought only darkness and ddspair.

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The worst moment, James was crying upstairs in his Moses basket,

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and my partner Steve... physically pushing me,

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trying to push me up the st`irs to go and feed him,

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and I was...crying, just saying I couldn't do it.

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She was helped by a charity that was set up

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in Sutton Coldfield ten years ago by a group of mums

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who themselves had battled postnatal depression.

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It's now expanding into south and central Birmingham and

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needs around 50 volunteers to train as what they call befrienders.

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They have an understanding of the illness, they also h`ve

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a compassionate heart and the ability to be able to lhsten.

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But being listened to isn't the only answer.

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Sophia Cooper put on five stone during her postnatal depression

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She found part of the answer was exercise.

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She eventually left her job as a bank manager

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and now runs special fitness classes for mums and their babies.

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Actually doing 30 minutes of good exercise is going to

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help build endorphins in thd body, which will lift the mood.

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But the beauty of a group lhke this is that you've got support `s well.

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GPs are now offering free 12`week referrals.

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Although postnatal depression affects one in ten mums,

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happily, most of them come through it.

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Sarah Falkland, BBC Midlands Today, in Sutton Coldfield.

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More than 300 years of racing history

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has come to an end at Warwick Racecourse this `fternoon

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with the staging of its last`ever flat race leeting.

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Managers have decided the ftture lies exclusively in jump racing

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with the course now planning to host 18 National Hunt meetings a year.

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Flat racing was suspended at Warwick for two months earlier this year

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A piece of Coventry's history was brought back to life this afternoon

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with the re`enactment of a women's football match

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The Coventry City Ladies took on the roles of two factory teams

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that competed at the city's Butts Park Arena back in 1907.

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of the Midlands' first female footballers,

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Coventry City Ladies braved the weather

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to recreate a Cup Final match played on this pitch 97 years ago,

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and it was kicked off by another pioneering woman,

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the city's first female council leader.

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Tens of thousands of women came to Coventry from all over the country,

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to come down and work in the munitions factories.

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It was long hours, very dangerous work and in difficult conditions.

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And they found time on a Saturday afternoon

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are representing the Rudge`Whitworth team,

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who worked at the munitions factory just over in the city centrd.

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This photo was studied carefully to recreate the strips.

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and they were particularly long and baggy,

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because it was unseemly for ladies to show their thhghs

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And it was a very special d`y for one woman.

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Anne's mother was in the sqtad on the subs bench.

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To her surprise, she found Katie there today,

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I was really shocked and really confused,

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cos she goes, you're my mother! I was like confused!

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I'm even more proud now, because I didn't realise

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she was playing this early, you know, before women had the vote,

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before...you know, it was incredible, really.

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Back in 1917, Humber Ladies beat Rudge`Whitworth,

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and history repeated itself again today.

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Sian Grzeszczyk, BBC Midlands Today, Coventry.

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with AFC Telford drawing 3`3 with Southport.

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And a 2`2 draw for Kidderminster entertaining Chester FC.

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Time for a look at the Midl`nds weather now, here's Shefali.

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Not a great bank holiday Monday no need for me to tell you that, but

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with a warning in force unthl 1 o'clock tonight, more heavy rain to

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come through this evening and the first part of the night. Sole very

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bright colours showing up towards the central parts and later the

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north`east, just clipping the southwestern half of the region as

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well. Cloudy, and that rain temperatures on the plus side, down

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to double figures, 12`14 Celsius, a huge difference compared with last

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week. Tomorrow starting dre`ry, dull and wet, but only during thd

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afternoon, temperatures by that stage nudging up to 19 Celshus. It

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will be warmer tomorrow, a bit breezy.

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The national forecast is next. We are

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Hello, if you love wet weather, you appreciate a satellite picture. A

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big swell

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