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Articles from August 14, 2008

Adlington Breaks Games Record as Foster Crashes out; Mixed Fortunes: Rebecca Adlington (Left) Celebrates Winning Her 800m Freestyle Heat as Michael Phelps Continued His March on Eight Gold Medals Today
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS REBECCA ADLINGTON today broke the Olympic record to stay on track for double gold in Beijing as Mark Fosters fifth Games ended in less than 23 seconds. The 19-year-old, who won the 400metres freestyle on Monday, smashed the...
A-Levels You Cannot Fail
Byline: TIM ROSS EXAM chiefs today backed A-levels that will become almost impossible to fail as teenagers scored record-breaking grades. Only 2.8 per cent of exams were failed as the pass rate rose for the 26th year in a row. The numbers...
ALSO SHOWING; No Hands: Asha (Meneka das) Goes for a Ride with Boyfriend Seth (Joe Anderson)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Cert PG, 92 mins ** FRANCES McDormand is an actress incapable of giving a bad performance. Here, she plays an unemployed middle-aged governess in pre-war London who intercepts an employment assignment and finds herself...
Asda Tops Its Rivals with a Leap in Sales; Price Cutting: Andy Bond's Group Claims to Be the Country's Lowest-Cost Supermarket
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH ASDA ramped up the battle of the supermarkets today, claiming it was stealing market share from rivals. The supermarkets group saw like-forlike sales up 5.5% in the second quarter, a result that tops recent figures from...
A Squeeze in Town Beats Boredom in a Backwater
Byline: VIV GROSKOP MY CHILDREN are big fans of an annoying book called A Squash and a Squeeze. It's about a little old lady who hates her house. A wise old man gets a hen and a goat to move in. Then a pig and cow. By this point her house is...
Bank's Prices Forecast Proves Just a Mite out; That Was Then: Three Months Ago Inflation Was Going to Peak at Just over 3%, Now the Bank Reckons It May Reach 5%
Byline: CHRISTOPHER FILDES THE Bank of England looms over the City like a vast cheese-mould, full of economists, who are the mites in the cheese. This is not their best moment. Only three months ago they thought inflation was likely to hit its...
BBC Gives Host Gabby Logan More Coverage Than the Sport
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY THE BBC is devoting more of its daily Olympics highlights show to Gabby Logan than any of the individual sporting events. Research by the Evening Standard found that a quarter of the first four instalments of Olympics 2008:...
Bellway Adds to Housing Woe as Reservations Drop by 45%
THE gloom in the already crumbling housing market deepened today when builder Bellway reported a 45% fall in reservations of its homes. It said weakening demand through June and July meant the slump in reservations was far worse than the 31% drop...
Blakes in Heaven but It Is Hell for Federer; Fed Up: Roger Federer Cant Hide His Anger as He Loses to James Blake Today
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS ROGER FEDERERS wretched season hit a new low here when his dream of winning gold in the singles was shattered as he was beaten 6-4, 7-6 by James Blake. Having lost his Wimbledon crown and his world No1 ranking in a year beset...
Blazing Trip to a Scaffold
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS PROMS 2008 **** Gothenburg SO/Dudamel A MOOD of manic uproar crackled round the auditorium last night the moment the Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel cantered on to the podium. Though best known for his Simon Bolivar Youth...
Brain Surgeon's Identity Stolen for Facebook Slur on Gold Medallist; Online Lies: Above, the Webpage Fraudsters Set Up to Attack Rebecca Adlington Mystery: Helen Fernandes, One of the Country's Leading Brain Surgeons, Has No Idea Why She Was Targeted
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK BRITAIN'S leading female brain surgeon told today how she had her identity stolen on Facebook. Fraudsters opened an entry under the name of Helen Fernandes, a consultant neurosurgeon at one of the country's top hospitals....
Break-Up That Could Help Us All Fly Higher
Byline: CHRISTOPHER FILDES BAA gets its sheep-like name from the British Airports Authority, which ran the state-owned airports in the days when British Airways was the state-owned airline. Then the authority was privatised in its old image, and...
British Land ?572 Million over Just Three Months; Space to Let: The Financial Markets Slowdown Hit Demand for City Office Space
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN DEVELOPER and landlord British Land today reported heavy losses after the value of its multi-billion pound property portfolio fell another 5%. The firm posted losses of ?572 million for the first quarter compared with profits...
Canoeist's Parents Struck by Lightning as Storms Hit Games; Mac Two: Presenters Sir Steve Redgrave and John Inverdale, and Spectators at the Beach Volleyball, below, Don Waterproofs. Rain in Beijing Meant Many Events Were Rescheduled
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA, KIRAN RANDHAWA THE FAMILY of Britain's canoeing silver medalist David Florence were struck by lightning on the Great Wall of China today. Florence's father George, 54, a British Airways pilot and former Scottish canoe...
Caravan Kid Hits End of Road; (1) Cuban Crisis Billy Joe Saunders Crashes out against Carlos Banteaux Suarez This Morning (2) Narrowest of Victories: Tony Jefferies Gets through on Countback after Drawing 5-5 on Points against Colombian Eleider Alvarez
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IF David Prices dynamite right hand was designed to have ignited an explosion of optimism through the ranks of his British boxing team, then it sadly didnt quite have the desired effect as Billy Joe Saunders, our now fabled...
Charles Is Misguided on GM
PRINCE Charles's comments on GM foods are subjective and inaccurate. As he has a vested, commercial interest in organic agriculture, his intervention in the debate is just blatant propaganda to promote his own products. GM technology came from both...
Child Abuser Glitter Will Fly Back to UK Next Week; Child Molester: Gary Glitter, Real Name Paul Gadd, in Court in Vietnam
Byline: AMAR SINGH CONVICTED child molester Gary Glitter will be deported back to Britain after being released from prison in Vietnam next Tuesday, his lawyer said today. The 64-year-old former glam rocker, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd,...
Coe Expects Extraordinary Weekend for the British Hopes ; Highest of Hopes: Sebastian Coe
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD SEBASTIAN COE today predicted an extraordinary weekend for Great Britain with the prospect of more golds in rowing, cycling, sailing and athletics. However, he insisted it was not a make or break 48 hours for track and field...
Come Rain or Shine; THE AGONY Bill Joe Saunders Turns Away in Tears as Cuban Carlos Suarez Salutes the Crowd THE ECSTACY
Museums Natural History Museum Wander through The Wildlife Garden where you can discover creatures lurking the pond. (Tues, Thurs and Sats in Aug). Places are limited so book at Central Hall information desk on arrival. If its raining, the dinosaurs...
Democrat Shot Dead by Jobless Man; Victim: Leading Democrat Bill Gwatney Was a Friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton
Byline: ED HARRIS A MAN recently fired from his job burst into the office of a leading US Democratic politician and shot him dead. Bill Gwatney, chairman of the Arkansas Democratic party, died four hours after being shot three times at the state's...
Divorce Lawyer Jaws Hires Steel Magnolia for His Marriage Split; Separated: Raymond Tooth with His Wife Debbie. the Divorce Lawyer Says Their Split Is Amicable
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK RAYMOND TOOTH, nicknamed "Jaws" for his fearsome reputation as a divorce lawyer, has hired a perhaps even more fearsome rival to handle the split from his own wife. Mr Tooth confirmed today he has called in Fiona Shackleton,...
Emms Now the Cheerleader as She Says Cheerio; Going Out: Robertson and Emms Today
MATTHEW BEARD GAIL EMMS broke down in tears today as her medal-winning career ended with defeat in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles. The 31-year-old and Nathan Robertson crashed out 21-19, 21-12 to the Korean pair Lee Yongdae and Lee Hyojung....
Ex-Belgo Chief Faces Insider Dealing Trial; Remanded: Tim Power Faces Four Charges of Insider Dealing
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK A FORMER boss of Belgo and ex-husband of a Dutch heiress is to stand trial on insider dealing charges over the takeover of the restaurant chain more than a decade ago. Tim Power, 43, who once boasted he would one day be...
Feline Waifs and Strays Know a Sucker When They See One
Byline: LAURA CRAIK HOW MANY cats do you own?" is one of those questions I try to duck on dates. The truth is I'm not exactly sure. Is there a moment when you tip from doling out the occasional tin of Whiskas into a full-blown relationship? I...
Footsie Boost as the Hot Money Favours Miners
Byline: MICKEY CLARK HOT money in the was flowing out of the banks and back into the miners today, which may account for the unexpected stock market rally. The FTSE 100 index jumped 49.2 to 5497.8, while gains among second-liners were restricted,...
Footsie Boost as the Hot Money Favours Miners
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE hot money was flowing out of the banks and back into the miners and oil explorers, which may account for most of today's unexpected stock market rally. The FTSE 100 index saw an early lead pared back this afternoon by...
Fran Drained by Relay but Makes Solo Trip to Final; Frantastic: Fran Halsall, Far Left, Dives into Action in Her Semi-Final This Morning While Michael Phelps Continued His Record Quest with a Semi-Final Win in the Medley
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS FRAN HALSALL today admitted she was physically and emotionally drained by Britains disaster in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay. The 18-year-old was part of the under-strength womens quartet which failed to qualify for todays...
Get Rich Culture Killing Hopes of Young People; Bleak Picture: David Lammy Echoes Tory Leader David Camerons Concerns
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL CHILDREN are turning their back on school because they fear dying before adulthood, a government minister warned today. In a strong echo of David Camerons depiction of Britain as a broken soci-ety, skills minister David...
'Get Rich Culture Killing Hopes of Young People'; Bleak Picture: David Lammy Echoes Tory Leader David Cameron's Concerns
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL CHILDREN are turning their back on school because they fear dying before adulthood, a government minister warned today. In a strong echo of David Cameron's depiction of Britain as a "broken society", Skills minister David...
Get Sporty
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Don't know about you but the mere sight of all that rowing, swimming, cycling and sprinting is enough to make me come over all faint. Pass the Hobnobs, quick my blood sugar is low. Do the olympics make me want to do more exercise?...
Get Your Heart Racing; 1.A Day at the Races Is Fun for All the Family 2.legoland: Fun for Under-12s
The theme parks will be busy over the bank holiday so go prepared Legoland Bank holidays are busy, so arrive before it opens. If youve printed your tickets at home, just scan them for entry. Head straight for favourite rides to beat the queues,...
Go Back in Time for a Great Time; 1.storming the Battlements at the Tower of Londons Fortress Even 2.smugglers Come to the Historic Dockyard, Chatham
History is fun when its brought to life with jousting, Robin Hood, birds of prey, siege weapons or smugglers Hever Castle See the Royal Knights of England in their annual jousting tournament on Sat 23 Aug. A cheetah hunting with birds of prey is...
Go Get Yourself a Sandwich; Runway Success: Gadon Liu, below Right, Who Spent a Year at a Design Studio during His Course at UEL. above, His Final-Year Show
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON THE BEST way of proving you can do a job is to show that you've already got experience. Degree courses that include an extra year of work experience (or language training) sandwiched between two or three years of concentrated...
'Hell' Estate from Blair Poverty Campaign Gets ?2.4Bn Revamp; Vision: An Artist's Impression of the Estate after It Has Been Transformed. There Will Be 1, ?K ?E ?E New Homes for Rent, ?I ?E ?E Shared Ownership Units, and ?F , ?L ?E ?E New Private Homes for Sale. Work Is Due to Begin in ?F ?E 1 ?E
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL ONE of London's worst-designed and most crime-ridden council estates is to be transformed over the next 16 years at a cost of ?2.4 billion. Southwark council today unveiled a renewal programme for the Aylesbury estate,...
Hit-Run Girl's Parents Condemn Killer Driver Jailed for Cover-Up; " Sparkling Angel": Joanne Cottage, 1 , Died after Being Run Down by Uninsured Driver Marilyn Aldridge in Essex
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER THE family of a schoolgirl killed in a hit-and-run accident today criticised the "callous" driver and her relatives for plotting to cover up the fatal crash. Joanne Cottage, 17, was run down near her home by uninsured...
If You're Heading for the Coast ; Plenty to See and Do in Brighton, Including the Palace Pier and Blug Flag Beaches Margate-A Traditional Bucket and Spade Resort
Brightons pebbly and shingle Blue Flag winners West Street Beach and Hove Lawns offer good facilities for children. The Palace Pier balances Victoriana with modern-day amusements. The Artists Quarter is a charming collection of workshops, and the marina...
Javelin Is the Key to Kellys Chances; Big Hopes: Kelly Sotherton Proved Her Form in the Crystal Palace Grand Prix Last Month
Byline: JONATHAN EDWARDS ATTENTION switches to the birds nest stadium tomorrow when the athletics gets under way and its a moment when I always think the Games get into full swing . . . if youll forgive the bias. And one of Britains best hopes...
Lampard: ?35M Deal Not about the Money; Silver Service: Frank Lampard Says Winning More Trophies Is the Main Reason Why He Stayed at Chelsea
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON FRANK LAMPARD today insisted he committed his future to Chelsea to win more trophies, not for the money. He has signed a five-year deal worth ?35million which will see him bank as much as the club's top earner, John Terry,...
Little Man with Moustache Sees End of Brown; Woody Allen Scenario: Economist Irwin Stelzer and PM Gordon Brown
I FEAR Irwin Stelzer, once described as Rupert Murdoch's representative on earth, has lost faith in the Government. In this week's Spectator, he says Gordon Brown's leaked plan to send ?150 to each of the seven million-plus families receiving child...
Medal Table: The Standard's Pete Clark Rates Presenters
Gabby Logan STRICTLY speaking, Logan, pictured right, is more of a presenter than a commentator. With her impeccable sporting pedigree handed down from a professional footballer father and reinforced by a rugbyplaying husband, she has nothing to...
Murphy Calls for a Huge Improvement; Get a Grip: Danny Murphy Battles with Torino's Alessandro Rosina in a Pre-Season Friendly for Fulham
Byline: David Smith FULHAM'S new captain Danny Murphy today warned his team they need to show a vast improvement if they are to avoid another fight against relegation. The midfielder scored the goal that ensured Fulham's Premier League survival...
New Recession Threat to Britain as Euro Zone Goes into a Downturn
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL FEARS that Britain will be hit by recession grew today after it emerged Europe's economy has shrunk for the first time in more than a decade. Germany's economy suffered the biggest blow, contracting 0.5 per cent in the...
No Diplomas Please, This System Will Serve Us Well for Another 50 Years
Byline: ALAN SMITHERS FOR many young people, today will be one of the best of their lives. The A-level results are better than ever, with even more of the coveted A grades awarded. Yet alongside the cheering, students may have heard murmurings...
Olympix the Day in Images
1 He shall not pass... Andrei Klimovets of Germany is tackled by three Egyptians Hussein Zaky, Belal Mabrouk and Abouelfetoh Abdelrazek during their handball Group B qualifier. The Germans edged it, 25-23. 2 If looks could kill... Alain Bernard...
Passenger's Narrow Escape as Tree Kills Van Man; Lucky to Be Alive: Emergency Services Tend to a Man Who Escaped Death by Slumping Back in His Seat Seconds before the Tree Fell on a Road beside Clapham Common. His Legs, Arrowed, Are Sticking out of the Crushed Van
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ THIS is the scene after a driver was killed when a tree fell on his van, narrowly missing a passenger who slumped in his seat seconds before the impact. Another motorist said he was "lucky to be alive" when his BMW was crushed...
Pedal Medal Pair Tell the Nation to Get on Their Bikes; Girl Power: Nicole Cooke & Emma Pooley
Byline: IAN CHADBAND EMMA POOLEY and Nicole Cooke hope their medal-winning rides in the shadow of the Great Wall of China will persuade a nation to get on its bike. Cambridge graduate Pooley said: I just love riding and I hope people were watching...
Pitch-Perfect Pain: Evita Star Is Reborn as Piaf; Staggering Success: Elena Roger in Pam Gems's Raw, Unromantic Portrayal of Edith Piaf Which Lays Bare the Iconic French Singer's Self-Destructive Opium Addiction and Tragic Life at the Donmar Warehouse Transformed: Elena Roger after the Show
Byline: JOHANN HARI Piaf Donmar Warehouse IN HER tiny black dress with her tiny blackened lungs, Edith Piaf stands, clawing at her stomach for the music to come. But she is wheezing and weeping. The Voice the one that sounds like it has swallowed...
Premiership Clubs Pay Staff 'Poverty Wages' as Players Earn Millions; Record-Breaking Deal: Frank Lampard
Byline: PAUL WAUGH LONDON'S Premier League football clubs are paying their backroom staff "poverty wages" of as little as ?200 a week, a report claimed today. In contrast to the millions being earned by star players, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal,...
Quads Go Separate Ways ... All to Leading Colleges
with revision. They said it would be strange to leave each others company next month. Tosin said: Weve always shared the same friends, especially me and my brother, so when hes not there Ill miss him in a way. Tolu added: Our mum, being a single...
Quads Go Separate Ways ... All to Top Universities; Making the Grades: From Left, Tobi Will Study English at Goldsmiths, Tayo, Business at Manchester, Tolu Will Read History at Cambridge and Tosin Will Also Study Business at Queen Mary, University of London
Byline: TIM ROSS BORN just a few minutes apart, quadruplets Tayo, Tobi, Tosin and Tolu Oke were today celebrating their A-levels in the way they studied for them as a quartet. Now, for the first time in their lives, they are about to go their...
Qualify on the Job, It's the Best of Both Worlds; Capital Gain: The Met Is Looking for New Officers to Join Its 1, - Strong Force, with Recruitment Events across London This Month
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON AS A FRENZY of school leavers start packing their bags ready to go to college, you'd be forgiven for thinking university was the only option for students with good grades and big ambitions. But with the mounting costs...
Real Women Aren't Served by Size Zero
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS LET'S face it, the fashion world is allergic to real women. Wriggling out of regulating the catwalk, as the British Fashion Council did yesterday, is symptomatic of an industry in thrall to size zero and in denial about what...
RECORD 97.2% PASS A-LEVELS; Celebration: Pupils at Eltham College Open Their A-Level Results Today. for the First Time One in Four Grades Nationally Was an A and Three-Quarters Achieved a C or Better
Byline: TIM ROSS TEENAGERS scored record A-level results this year as only 2.8 per cent of exams were failed, figures show today. The pass rate rose for the 26th year in a row while the number of pupils awarded A-grades reached a new high. ...
Rise and Rise of 'Gold Standard'
Byline: TIM ROSS THE Government faces fresh criticism of A-level results today with another rise in the pass rate. A-levels were first introduced in 1951, when only 104,000 exams were sat and the overall pass rate was just 75.3 per cent. They...
Rise of a Russian Master; Family Tensions: Konstantin Lavronenko (Alex) and Maria Bonnevie (Vera)
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The Banishment Cert 12A, 157 mins **** I'M NOT sure that everyone who admired The Return will like Andrey Zvyagintsev's lengthy and complicated second feature. But if he has bitten off a little more than we can chew, The...
Rolls-Royce and Goodrich in Engine Controls Tie-Up
ROLLS-ROYCE and US aircraft components-maker Goodrich are planning a 50-50 joint venture which would develop and supply engine controls for Rolls' jet engines. Under the deal, Goodrich's UKbased facilities would join Rolls- Royce engineers who specialise...
Russians Abandon Truce and Go Back into Georgia; Vehicle: Georgian Soldiers Use a Civilian Car to Flee Russian Troops on the Road between Gori and Tbilisi. A Georgian Personnel Carrier Burns in the Background. the Russians Have Been Augmented by Chechen Irregulars, Who Said They Were "On Holiday" Invader: A Russian General from the Airborne Division beside a Georgian Police Car
Byline: ED HARRIS EXPLOSIONS were heard in the strategic Georgian city of Gori today as the Russian pull-out from the area appeared to collapse. In Moscow, Russia's foreign minister said the world "can forget about any talk about Georgia's territorial...
Shamed Glitter to Fly Back to the UK; Child Molester: Gary Glitter, Real Name Paul Gadd, in Court in Vietnam
Byline: AMAR SINGH CONVICTED child molester Gary Glitter will be deported back to Britain after being released from prison in Vietnam next week, his lawyer said today. The 64-year-old former glam rocker, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd,...
Sorry,Your Highness, but Science Just Isn't Your Field; Ploughing His Own Furrow: Prince Charles's Traditionalist Views on Agriculture Have Brought Him into Conflict with Scientists
JONATHAN HARRINGTON THE HEIR to the throne may wish to use his privileged position to promote his organic produce while denigrating those of us who wish to use science to help feed the world. But he should at least do so from a position of scientific...
Success Is Pretty in Pink for Captain Ed; Re- Joyce: Ed Joyce ( Holding the Trophy) Can Look Forward to at Least Two Big Pay- Days This Winter Thanks to His Side's Victory in the Twenty Final at the Rose Bowl
Byline: Alexander Clyde IT COULD have been the publicity shot to promote a new movie, with the working title, 'Harry Potter meets the Pink Panthers'. There was actor and cricket fan Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter on film, clutching...
Thames Barge to Make Supermarket Deliveries; Green Grocer: How the Thames Could Look If Stores Start Shipping Products Using Waterways in the Capital
Byline: KATE WHELAN THREE of Britain's biggest supermarket chains could begin transporting goods along London's waterways. Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose are making plans to deliver goods on barges in an attempt to cut their carbon footprints....
The Force Is Weak; Space Invaders: Troopers Go into Battle with the Droids
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cert PG, 99 mins *** WITH the genuine movie saga complete, George Lucas has now decided that enough isn't enough after all. He fills in the cinematic blanks between chapters two and three (Attack of...
The Fun Goes on; the Doctor Who Exhibition at Earls Court Is Coming to an End Cool Down in the Appealing Rooms' Outdoor Water Installation
More London Free Festival Until Sun 7 Sep Free outdoor theatre every Wed to Sun, 6pm and 8pm at Scoop on the south bank of the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. No booking space is allocated on first come first served basis. This years...
The Grater Is Shelved as Credit Crunch Hits City Offices; Tall Order: Work on Building the Cheesegrater in Leadenhall Street Is to Be Delayed
Byline: ANNA DAVIS FEARS were raised today that the "Cheesegrater" skyscraper could become the highest profile victim of the credit crunch. Construction of the 225-metre tall building faces possible delays as demand for office space in the City...
THE GREAT OUTDOORS; 1.outdoor Activities Plus 80 Interactive Exhibits at the Look out Discovery Centre 2.the Squirrel Monkeys at Drusillas Park
Kew Gardens Walk across the 200m long Xstrata Treetop Walkway 18 metres up in the canopy of the trees and then explore the underground life of the tree in the Rhizotron. Dont miss the Climbers and Creepers indoor/ outdoor play area (suitable for three-to-nine-year-olds)...
The Money Is Great but Being Free Is Priceless; Starting a New Life: Colin Stagg with His Dog Jess and, above, with Terri Marchant, the Childhood Friend with Whom He Has Now Found Happiness
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK COLIN STAGG, falsely accused of murdering Rachel Nickell, tells today how he feels no sympathy for Barry George because of his history of stalking vulnerable women. Mr Stagg, who has just been awarded more than ?700,000 for...
The Timeless Insincerity of a Little Do in Las Vegas
Byline: PETE CLARK PEACHES Geldof 's marriage in Las Vegas is already following the timehonoured tradition of such unions: she has returned to London without her new husband. All the available information on this perfectly formed vignette hints...
The Value of Today's A-Levels
A-LEVEL results are out today and grades have never been better. The candidates who did well deserve congratulations they have worked hard, under real pressure to achieve good grades. Teachers, too, should be thanked for their efforts to help pupils...
The Western Media Is Too Critical, Says Angry China
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD BEIJING'S top Olympic official today went to war with the Western media. Wang Wei, a senior official in the Beijing organising committee, launched an angry defence of one-party China, accusing the media of being "critical"...
The Winners and Sinners
Byline: SAM BORDISS Performances of the day... KOSUKE KITAJIMA The Japanese breaststroke star (right) of Athens 2004 certainly hasnt been fazed by competing in his neighbours capital city. After smashing the world record on his way to 100m gold,...
Todays Results
SWIMMING (selected results) Mens 200m breaststroke final: 1 K Kitajima (Jpn) 2:07.64 OR, 2 B Rickard (Aus) 2:08.88, 3 H Duboscq (Fra) 2:08.94, 4 M A Brown (Can) 2:09.03, 5 D Gyurta (Hun) 2:09.22, 6 S Spann (US) 2:09.76, 7 L Facci (Ita) 2:10.57,...
Twente Questions Wenger Must Face; Euro Stars: William Gallas ( Far Left) Opens the Scoring for Arsenal and Then Celebrates ( above) and Emmanuel Adebayor Seals the - Win (Left) to Leave Former England Coach Steve McClaren a Frustrated Spectator
Byline: Julian Bennetts Arsenal 2 FC Twente 0 ARSENAL may have one foot in the lucrative group stages of the Champions League after this hardfought victory, but their performance in Arnhem last night raised more questions than answers. Is...
UK Fears as Germany on Brink of Recession; Putting on the Brakes: German Multinationals like Volkswagen Are Likely to Cut Jobs
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH FEARS FOR the health of the UK economy intensified today, as figures emerged suggesting that the slowdown is taking the rest of Europe close to recession. The powerhouse German economy is suffering its worst performance...
US Navy Sent to Georgia as Bush Warns Moscow; Getaway Vehicle: Georgian Soldiers Use a Civilian Car to Flee Russian Troops on the Road between Gori and Tbilisi. A Georgian Personnel Carrier Burns in the Background. the Russians Have Been Augmented by Chechen Irregulars, Who Said They Were "On Holiday"
Byline: ED HARRIS AMERICAN military planes began delivering aid to the victims of violence in Georgia today as Washington sent a warning to Moscow that it would back the republic. The first aid flights into the capital, Tbilisi, came as the shaky...
Wenger Promises Major New Signing; on the Mark: Emmanuel Adebayor ( Centre) Is Congratulated by Team- Mates after Scoring Arsenal's Second Goal in Their - Victory
Byline: JULIAN BENNETTS ARSENE WENGER says he will make a new signing within the next two weeks. William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor scored to give Arsenal a 2-0 win in the Champions League third round first leg qualifier against Steve McClaren's...
Westminster Tops Table as Councils and TfL Hand out Six Million Fines to Drivers
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM MORE than six million fines for parking and other traffic offences were handed out to drivers in London last year. Figures released today show the number of penalty notices issued by Transport for London and councils rose...
What Are a Few Protesters to This Regime?
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN FOR the Western protest movements against the Olympics, the violent arrest of an ITN reporter was a bit of a result. Everyone has been desperate for a few TV pictures of shovel-faced repression, but until yesterday the...
WHAT'S ON OVER THE BANK HOLIDAY; 1.the Kidsfest at Mer Ton Abbey Mills 2.family Fun at the Annual A Country Affair at Hampton Court Palace 3.the Human Rocket at the Moscow State Circus 4.the Notting Hill Carnival: Europe's Largest Street Festival
Carnivals Panorama in the Park Experience the sounds of the Notting Hill Carnival without the crowds. Caribbean themed event, including the Notting Hill steel pan competition. Sat 23 Aug. Parade Ground, Hyde Park. Free. Noon-9pm. Notting Hill...
Yang Is Lord of the Rings as Hosts Dominate; Golden Moment: Yang Wei Put Years of Under-Achievement Behind Him in Gymnastics
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS CHINA have surged ahead of the United States in the Olympic medal table after a spectacular morning for the hosts in Beijing. To the delight of thousands of spectators across the Games venues, Chinese athletes claimed golds...
Your Club Today
Arsenal FRAN MERIDA is on the verge of moving back to Real Sociedad on loan. The Spanish winger had been expected to feature for The Gunners this season but agent Joseba Diaz said: "Real and the player have agreed the loan. We only need Arsene...