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Articles from January 20, 2009

350 Jobs Are Lost as Electrical Retailer Empire Direct Fails
Byline: LUCY TOBIN ANOTHER High Street name has bitten the dust as electrical retailer Empire Direct collapsed into administration with a loss of 350 jobs. The chain, which has 14 branches, including two in Essex, and a strong online presence,...
And Celebrating: President Obama
BARACK OBAMA'S inauguration today as fortyfourth president of the United States was inevitably going to be a historic moment, and so it proved. With the eyes of the world upon him as he stood on the steps of the Capitol building, and up to two million...
And Celebrating: President Obama
THE EYES of the world are on Washington for a great historic moment which is also a celebration of hope and optimism on a grand scale. Mr Obama has already called for national unity in the face of the country's challenges, emphasising the need for...
Antiques Traders Evicted to Make Way for US Store; (1) End of an Era: Traders Have Been Operating at the King's Road Antiquarius Market for More Than 40 Years Attracting Such Customers as Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Elton John (2) History: Sue Norman, Emmanuel Kra and Alexandra Bolla Are Making Way for a US Store
TRADERS at London's oldest antiques market face eviction so the site can be turned into a giant fashion store. Experts say the disappearance of Antiquarius in King's Road, Chelsea, will be a huge loss to the capital's antiques scene. Nearly 50...
Antiques Traders Evicted to Make Way for US Store; (1) History: The Familiar Building in the King's Road Will Make Way for a US Clothing Store (2) End of an Era: Traders Have Been Operating at the King's Road Antiquarius Market for More Than 40 Years Attracting Customers Such as Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Elton John
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL TRADERS at London's oldest antiques market are facing eviction so the site can be turned into a giant fashion store. Experts said the disappearance of celebrity favourite Antiquarius in the King's Road will be a huge loss...
Arsenal Close to [Pounds Sterling]15m Deal for Arshavin
Byline: JAMES OLLEY ARSENAL are today hoping to put the finishing touches to a [pounds sterling]15million deal to sign Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg. Talks are set to take place with top officials from the Russian club, who are believed...
Banks' Rescue Has Barely Begun
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling complained on the radio yesterday that he still did not know how big the bad-debt problem was on the balance sheets of the nation's banks. Separately, a few minutes later Stephen Hester, the chief...
Beat the Winter Blues ..without Pills; (1) All White for Some: Getting out and about, Such as a Short Walk in Your Local Park, Can Counter Depression and Boost Self-Esteem (2) Pose for Thought: Yoga Involves Meditation
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD MANY of us are prone to feeling low at this time of year. Reasons include dark days, grey skies, broken New Year resolutions and recession-related anxiety. So it is no surprise that Monday was officially billed as the most...
Benitez Bullish despite His Failure to Get Back on Top; Reds' Late Woe: Tim Cahill Heads in a Mikel Arteta Free Kick to Claim a Share of the Mersey Derby Spoils and Dent Liverpool's Premier League Title Ambitions
Byline: CHRIS BRERETON LIVERPOOL 1 EVERTON 1 RAFA BENITEZ is convinced Liverpool will have learnt the lessons from last night's derby draw before Chelsea's visit to Anfield in 12 days time. A 25-yard strike from Steven Gerrard (right) on 68...
Beyonce and Stars Sing Happy Inauguration Day, Mr President
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK (1) Hollywood goes to Washington: Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, left, were among stars at the inauguration. Others included, from top, Oprah Winfrey, Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L Jackson, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw,...
Beyonce and Stars Sing Happy Inauguration Day, Mr President; Hollywood Goes to Washington: Beyonce Will Sing for the President Tonight. Also in Washington Is Her Husband Jay-Z above Top; Boxing Promoter Don King; Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Right, Actor Bill Murray Set the Ball Rolling: Muhammad Ali with a Bust of Abraham Lincoln at a Party; Dustin Hoffman and Wife Lisa at a Ball; Billy Ray Cyrus and Daughter Miley at the Kids' Concert
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK SHOWBIZ went to Washington today to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration. Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to attend at least 10 inauguration balls tonight and the stars of screen, stage, music and sport will be...
Blues Are Delighted to Have Passed the Bucks
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON (1) Wanted men: Luiz Felipe Scolari (left) was desperate to bring Robinho to Chelsea but he ended up at Manchester City. They were keen to bring Kaka to Eastlands but he showed his loyalty to AC Milan last night (above) and...
Bring David Davis Back into Shadow Team, Says Portillo
Byline: PAUL WAUGH DAVID CAMERON should follow up his reshuffle with a recall for David Davis, says former minister Michael Portillo. The Tory leader yesterday brought back Kenneth Clarke as shadow business secretary in an attempt to make his...
Broadgate Tower: The One That Got Away; Height of Confidence: SOM, the Practice Behind the World's Tallest Building in Dubai, Designed the 35-Storey Glass and Steel Broadgate Tower
Byline: ROWAN MOORE FOR ALL the great debates about skyscrapers, gherkins, cheesegraters, shards, helterskelters and walkie-talkies, about what should and shouldn't adorn the kitchen table of the London skyline, almost nothing has yet been built....
Brown Must Wait His Turn to Meet the New President; Shared Values: Brown and Obama at 10 Downing Street. Their Relationship Will Be Very Different to the One between Blair and Bush
Byline: PAUL WAUGH BRITAIN'S "special relationship" with the US faced fresh scrutiny today after Downing Street hinted that Gordon Brown will not be the first European leader to visit President Obama. Amid fears that French president Nicolas...
Brown under Fire amid Calls for Bank Chief to Lose His Knighthood; Toxic Loans: Sir Fred Goodwin Instigated the Disastrous Acquisition of ABN-Amro
Byline: PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWN'S closeness to former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin came under fire today amid calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood. The ex-chief executive, nicknamed "Fred the Shred", instigated the...
Can Brussels Stop Bulgaria Torching EU Practice Rights? Bonfire of the Directives: Ritual Dancers Scare off Bulgarian Evil Spirits. the Country's Lawyers Feel the Same Way about Foreign Firms
Byline: JOSHUA ROZENBERG CITY lawyers are hoping that Brussels will begin legal action this month against an EU country they accuse of stifling competition. Firms including DLA Piper, CMS Cameron McKenna (CMcK) and Austrian practice Wolf Theiss...
Cannabis Clampdown on Hold as On-the-Spot Fines Are Withdrawn
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM, DAVID WILLIAMS GOVERNMENT plans for a clampdown on cannabis users were in disarray today after the withdrawal of sweeping new powers for on-the-spot fines. Under a scheme that was due to be introduced next Monday, when...
Cheltenham Confident Big Meeting Will Survive Rain; Making a Point: Simon Claisse Walks the Course
Byline: PAUL FIELDER OFFICIALS at Cheltenham are "very hopeful" this weekend's high-profile Festival Trials Day meeting will go ahead despite the wet weather which has taken its grip on racing in Britain and Ireland. Market Rasen, Cork and Fairyhouse...
Cut-Price Beer Pays off but Wetherspoon Dumps Divi; Plans Watered Down: With a [Pounds Sterling]99 Million Bond Issue Due for Redemption in September, Martin Is Reining Back on Expansion as Well as Axeing the Shareholder Payout, but He Still Reckons He Can Grow His Company by Buying Up Bankrupt Rivals' Pubs
Byline: ROBERT LEA JD WETHERSPOON'S big gamble of slashing the price of a pint to less than [pounds sterling]1 is paying off, but the credit crunch has forced the discount pubs chain to axe the dividend and cut back drastically on expansion plans....
Download Rebels Upset Charts; Do It Yourself: The Boxer Rebellion Top the iTunes Alternative Chart in the US and Are No4 in Its Album Download Chart in the UK
Byline: MARK PRIGG A LONDON band are expected to top download charts around the world this week despite not having a record contract. The Boxer Rebellion are outselling major acts such as Coldplay, MGMT and Kings of Leon. They are No 4 in the...
Easter Is Eyeing Up a Quins Trophy Double; Holding on to a Dream: In-Form Nick Easter Is Confident That Harlequins Can Beat Any Team When They Are on Top of Their Game
Byline: SAM PETERS NICK EASTER today warned Harlequins' European and domestic rivals his side have both the self-belief and ability to claim a league and cup double. Dean Richards's team have already qualified for the last eight of the Heineken...
Family Condemns 'Soft' Jail Sentences for Acid Rape Gang; (1) Six Years: Jason Brew (2) Eight Years: Hector Muaimba (3) Nine Years in Jail: Rogel McMorris
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER THE family of a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped and then doused in caustic soda today condemned the "lenient" jail sentences handed out to three of her attackers. The men were jailed for between six and nine...
Germany's Artists in Exile; Far from Home: Clockwise from Far Left: String Quartet by George Mayer- Marton; Portrait of Klaus Hinrichsen by Kurt Schwitters; Power by Hans Feibusch. Some of the Artists' Works Were Created While They Were in Internment Camps in Britain
Byline: LOUISE JURY WORK made in Britain by artists who fled the Nazis has gone on show in London. Ben Uri Gallery, the capital's Jewish museum of art, has brought together 90 pieces, including paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture for the...
Great Orators the Speeches He Must Better
ABRAHAM LINCOLN 4 MARCH 1865 "Fondly do we hope fervently do we pray that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited...
Great Orators the Speeches He Must Live Up To
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT 4 MARCH 1933 "This is pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured, will...
Guarded against an Assassin's Bullet; Safety Conscious: An Armed Policeman outside the Capitol Where Barack Obama Was Being Sworn in Today. He Has Already Received Death Threats from White Supremacists
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ BARACK OBAMA today became the most heavily guarded American president in history as he was sworn into office. mr Obama, wife michelle and daughters malia, 10, and Sasha, eight, have been under Secret Service protection since...
Guarded against an Assassin's Bullet; Safety Conscious: An Armed Policeman outside the Capitol Where Barack Obama Was Being Sworn in Today. He Has Already Received Death Threats from White Supremacists
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ BARACK OBAMA will become the most heavily guarded American president in history today when he is sworn into office. Mr Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, eight, have been under Secret Service protection...
His Father Would Be Proud, Says Stepmother; Celebrations: Kezia Obama and, Left, the Inauguration Carnival in Kogelo, Kenya
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA BARACK OBAMA'S stepmother today told how he was "relaxed but emotional" shortly before he took the world stage to be sworn in as America's first black president. Kezia Obama, from Bracknell, who is in the VIP enclosure...
If London Had a Wash and Brush-Up We'd All Feel Better
Byline: EMMA DUNCAN LAST week my friend Lucy went to the JobCentre on the Clapham Road. She went in gloomy, and came out despairing. It was the snarling security guard; the shrieking, disruptive children; the man in the booth next to her spitting...
If You Want to Get Ahead, Show Some Shoulder; (1) in the Flesh: (Clockwise from above) Kate Winslet, Rebecca Adlington and Mrs O (2) Feel the Width: Shoulder Pads Are Back with a Vengeance
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD AFTER all that blubbing at the Golden Globes last week, Kate Winslet redeeemed herself at the Leicester Square premiere of her new film, Revolutionary Road, this week by wearing the perfect dress. The black Narcisco Rodriguez...
I Heard Obama Speak in 2004 and Thought: I've Seen the New Black Kennedy; Shooting Star: Obama and His Family Watch U2 Perform at an Inauguration Concert
Byline: ANNE McELVOY Ifirst set eyes on Barack Obama while covering an event that was supposed to be about someone else entirely. It was the Democratic party's Boston convention, nominating John Kerry as candidate for the 2004 presidential race....
I Heard Obama Speak in 2004 and Thought: I've Seen the New Black Kennedy; Shooting Star: Obama with His Family
Byline: ANNE McELVOY I first set eyes on Barack Obama while covering an event that was supposed to be about someone else entirely. It was the Democratic party's Boston convention, nominating John Kerry as candidate for the 2004 presidential race....
I'll Stand in Front of the Bulldozers If I Have to; (1) Jet Set: The Villagers of Sipson Face the Loss of Their Homes and Even Livelihoods Now the Government Is Forcing through the Controversial Third Runway. Above: Heathrow Primary Head Teacher John Hobbs and His Pupils
Byline: DAVID COHEN In the village of Sipson, thousands of lawyers' letters have started falling through the letterboxes. they talk of "compulsory purchase" and "compensation" and "acting on behalf of" residents "to secure the best price" for their...
Institutions Shed Bank Shares as Takeover Looms
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARE trading in the UK's once-proud High Street banks is becoming little more than option money, with the threat of full-blown nationalisation taking another step closer today. The lenders' need for more cash grows stronger...
Is Your [Pounds Sterling]100 Face Cream Really Worth the Money?
Byline: ALISON ROBERTS OFFICIALLY, it's the year of frugality. You've downgraded your gym membership, cut your hairdressing bill by a third and ditched the monthly spa treatment. Now, how about swapping that [pounds sterling]100 pot of skin cream...
Jilted Drogba Declares Love for Marseille
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON DIDIER DROGBA today admitted he has unfinished business with former club Marseille and would love to play there again. The Chelsea striker, who has fallen foul of Luiz Felipe Scolari after a poor performance in the 3-0 defeat...
Let Us Walk Together into the Future Says Obama
Byline: JOE MURPHY (1) The Washington wing: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at a charity event; Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley at the kids' concert; boxing promoter Don King and Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa at the Huffington Post ball (2) Lady...
Lloyds Shares Down 49% and [Pounds Sterling] Takes a Pounding
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN, PAUL WAUGH LLOYDS was the latest to be ravaged by the City's banking crisis today as its share price virtually halved in frenzied trading. At the same time, sterling took another pounding on the foreign exchanges and senior...
Met Chief Quits with [Pounds Sterling]80,000 Pension to Take Up New [Pounds Sterling]120,000 Post; National Role: Alf Hitchcock Will Earn [Pounds Sterling]200,000 a Year When He Begins His New Job
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER A SENIOR Scotland Yard officer is to quit for a Home Office post which will see him collect a combined [pounds sterling]200,000-ayear pay and pension package. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alf Hitchcock, 49, is...
Millions Gather to See History in the Making; Golden Couple: Barack and Michelle Obama Attend Church in Washington Today, Left. above, Millions Flock to the Capitol to Wait for the New President's Inauguration
Byline: JOE MURPHY BARACK OBAMA entered the history books today with a stirring call for "common purpose and common effort". Hours before his inauguration, the first black president of the United States issued a summons to duty to all Americans....
Millions Witness the Dawn of Barack Obama; (1) Golden Day: Barack and Michelle Obama Hand in Hand on Their Way to the White House Today 92) Being There: Millions of People Crowd into the National Mall in Washington to Watch Barack Obama's Inauguration on Huge Screens. the Woldwide Television Audience for the Ceremony Was Estimated at One Billion
Byline: JOE MURPHY BARACK OBAMA held the gaze and hopes of the world this afternoon. Some of those watching shed tears of joy as the first black President of the United States took the oath of office. Living up to his nickname of No-Drama Obama,...
'Mortar Fire' Claim Threatens Ceasefires in Gaza; Rubble: Jabalya in Northern Gaza. the Devastation from the Israeli Attacks Cost More Than 1,300 Lives and Needs [Pounds Sterling]1.3bn to Repair
Byline: ED HARRIS THE ceasefires declared by Israel and Hamas were strained almost to breaking point today as Israel's military leaders claimed militants in the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell. But police finally said it appeared that the projectile...
Murray's Still Standing as Pavel Wilts in Aussie Heat; Pained Expression: Andrei Pavel Had to Cut Short His Final Australian Open, and His Tennis Career, When His Back Pain Became Too Much
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY believes he can become world No1 within six months if he can win the Australian Open and maintain the form that has made him the hottest player in tennis. Murray benefited from a farcical firstround victory over...
Murray's Still Standing as Pavel Wilts in Oz Furnace; Pained Expression: Andrei Pavel Had to Cut Short His Final Australian Open, and His Tennis Career, When His Back Pain Became Too Much
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY believes he can become world No1 within six months if he can win the Australian Open and maintain the form that has made him the hottest player in tennis. Murray benefited from a farcical firstround victory over...
Not Only Fred Should Go through the Shredder
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST FOR someone who developed an enormous personality cult, Sir Fred Goodwin lacks personality. As the head of a bank said to me recently: " Fred never did people." You can say that again. He revelled in his " Fred the Shred"...
'Now Cameron Should Bring Back David Davis'
Byline: PAUL WAUGH DAVID CAMERON should follow up his reshuffle with a recall for David Davis, says former minister Michael Portillo. The Tory leader yesterday brought back Kenneth Clarke as shadow business secretary in an attempt to make his...
Now Market Fears Deflation
Byline: PAUL WAUGH, JONATHAN PRYNN THE spectre of deflation falling prices and a stagnant economy loomed large today when official figures revealed the dramatic scale of pricecutting over Christmas. The official measure of inflation had its steepest...
Obama Orders Clean Slate as He Takes Up Office; New Broom: Obama and Robert Tuttle
IN A departure from tradition, incoming US President Barack Obama has let it be known that his ambassadors around the world are formally out of work once he is inaugurated today. He has, I discover, made an exception in the case of his London representative...
Obama's In-Tray
Barack Obama takes office with huge political capital and public goodwill behind his programme of change. But with the economy in crisis, his stock could easily be consumed by disappointment if his presidency reaches mid-term without showing enough...
Only 23 but He Made the Most of Life, Says Mother of Man in Mini Triple Death Crash; (1) Tribute: Terry Pluck Was Full of Love for Family and Friends, His Mother Said Today (2) Friends: Nathalie Mifsud and Ashley Plumber Died in the Mini When It Hit a Tree in Chadwell Heath
THE mother of one of the three young passengers who were killed in a car accident in Essex paid tribute to her son today. Carol Pluck's son Terry, 23, was travelling in the back of a silver Mini Cooper on Sunday when it careered off Eastern Avenue...
Palacios Set for Spurs Medical; Wilson Kick It: Palacios Must Serve a Ban after Racking Up 10 Bookings
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE, SIMON JOHNSON WILSON PALACIOS is set to have a medical at Tottenham today before completing his [pounds sterling]14million move from Wigan. Spurs have fought off competition from Manchester City and Manchester United and...
Pete Clark's Choice
Byline: PETE CLARK THE BIG BANG THEORY 11.05pm, Channel 4 his is one of those New York comedies that mostly takes place in an apartment we feel very familiar with, having been there 100 times before. The central characters are all very brainy,...
Portfolio
BUY DRIVER GROUP WH Ireland is rating construction business Driver Group as a buy, citing the company's continuing strong performance across all of its divisions. The broker's analysts note that the business model is "not entirely immune"...
President of Cool
Byline: Andrew Gilligan Rapprochement: Hillary Clinton has gone from Democrat opponent to ally and is now Secretary of State in the Obama cabinet A leader for all people: the Iraq war was a serious problem for Obama. While in favour of a gradual...
Put a Salary Cap on the Council Bosses
Byline: NICK COHEN I MET the chief executive of Islington council just before Christmas and immediately took to him. He was a commonsensical northerner who talked about the urgent need for the Government to allow councils to keep the construction...
Six Cool Ways to Get Ski Fit; Jump to It: Follow Our Advice to Hit the Slopes in Tiptop Condition
Byline: JASMINE GARDNER SKI FIT POWER-PLATE COURSE AT GOOD VIBES What is it? Elle Macpherson's ski workout of choice, this six-week, or express four-week Power-plate course will build ski-specific muscles through challenging exercises. Classes...
Spineless Lackeys Must Join List of Shamed Bankers; (1) Bargain Hunter: Sir Victor Blank, Chairman of Lloyds, Who Joins the List of Discredited British Bankers (2) Toxic Loan: Sir Fred Goodwin Who Instigated Disastrous Acquisition
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST AFTER Sir Fred, Sir Victor. Today it's the turn of Sir Victor Blank, chairman of Lloyds, to prove that the word of a bank boss no longer counts for anything and that they stand condemned for their sheer greed and hubris....
Sterling in 2% Slide over Fears for UK Credit Rating
Byline: BILL CONDIE STERLING plunged more than 2% this morning to seven-year lows against the dollar as fears surfaced that Britain could be heading for a credit rating downgrade. The pound crashed more than four cents against the US currency...
'Sterling Is Finished' Claim after 6-Cent Slump
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE POUND crashed to its lowest levels since 2001 today down a staggering six cents at one time, below $1.40 as one of the world's leading investors declared: "Sterling is finished." The weakness of the pound also brought a renewed...
Strauss Tells England Players to Take on More Responsibility; Threat: Chris Gayle
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ANDREW STRAUSS will give his England players more freedom over how best to prepare but has warned them they must take full responsibility for results. New captain Strauss stepped into the top job little more than a week ago...
The 44th President of USA
As he read these words, Mr Copley had to keep stopping. He was crying, and I found it hard not to join in. At 9.55 this morning, five to three in London, President and Mrs George W. Bush were due to welcome Michelle and Barack Obama to the White...
The Banks Are Just a Joke - Nationalising Is Only Answer
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER WHEN I went to see the TV comedian Bill Bailey in his one-man show on Shaftesbury Avenue earlier this month, the biggest laughs he got all evening were at the expense of Lehman Brothers (displaying a reassuring lack of knowledge,...
The Coolest Grotty Backwater in Town
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN ON A NIGHT out in Dalston it is just possible to forget that you are at the heart of London's most fashionable district. Numerous articles have appeared praising this corner of Hackney. No longer a "grotty backwater", Dalston...
There Is No Plan B for Recovery
THE losses declared by the big banks are getting bigger. Yesterday's unveiling of a [pounds sterling]45 billion deficit at RBS is yet another real surprise. Should we sleep more soundly for knowing that the Government has launched another rescue...
They Had Waited So Long for This, a 17-Minute Speech That Would Change Their Lives Forever; New Dawn: An Eight-Year-Old Boy in Atlanta Shows His Support for the President. Barack Obama Has Said His Election Has Changed How Black Children See Themselves
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THIS new dawn for America started, in fact, long before dawn. As early as two this morning, in the vicious Washington cold, gathered the advance guard of what might become the biggest crowd in US history. It was windy,...
They Had Waited So Long for This Moment ... and 35 Words Changed Their Lives Forever
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN (1) Proud day: the Obama children Sasha and Malia with Mr Obama's sister Maya leave for the inauguration. From top, Senator Edward Kennedy, ex-presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger...
They Have Waited for So Long& Today, a 17-Minute Speech Will Change Their Land Forever
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN (1) Historic moment: a well-wisher in Washington. The crowd for the inauguration ceremony is estimated to top two million (2) Celebrating: Trudie Styler, above left, and Martha Stewart at a pre-inaugural ball (3) New dawn:...
Today Will Send a Message More Powerful Than Ever
Byline: DOMINIC SANDBROOK TO foreign observers it may seem like an orgy of self-congratulatory patriotism but, for most Americans, the inauguration of a new president is a profoundly symbolic moment, when the entire nation stops and takes stock....
TV Make-Up Artist 'Killed for Exposing Love-Cheat Husband'; Accused: David Chenery-Wickens Is Alleged to Have Murdered Diane, Right, after She Found out He Had Been Cheating on Her
Byline: PAUL CHESTON AN unfaithful spiritualist minister murdered his make-up artist wife after she began to uncover his litany of sexual and financial lies, a court heard today. David Chenery-Wickens, 51, allegedly had the "clearest motive and...
UBS Puts Buy Tag on New Lloyds but Lowers Target
Byline: MICKEY CLARK UBS has raised its rating on the newly enlarged Lloyds Banking Group from neutral to buy because it reckons the shares look cheap. That was the good news. The bad news was that the broker has slashed its target price from...
UN Chief Demands Inquiry into Israeli 'Outrages'; Rubble: Jabalya in Northern Gaza. Israeli Attacks Took More Than 1,300 Lives and the Damage Will Cost [Pounds Sterling]1.3billion to Repair
Byline: ED HARRIS THE United Nations Secretary-General today called for a full investigation into the "outrageous" Israeli shelling of three of his organisation's buildings in Gaza. Visiting the area to see the devastation left behind by Israel's...
Well, I Got Blanket Coverage in NY
Byline: ANNE McELVOY BARACK Obama is set for a tumultuous, relieved and heart-lifing welcome today, not least in New York where Time Out has a whole section devoted to where you can celebrate the end of the Bush years and the must-have gadget is...
We Wish You Luck, Mr President: You'll Certainly Need It; Gravitas with a Smile: America Feels Fortunate Once Again to Have Found a Man Who Can Inspire and Lead Them through Tough Times
Byline: MICHAEL ELLIOTT IF YOU could ignore the biting cold that has descended over the US east coast, the past few days have been unforgettable. In more than 20 years, I can never remember Washington looking better or feeling happier. The buildings...
What the Papers Say
DAILY MAIL Editorial Comment: Why, on the day when the Government committed billions to the biggest bail-out in our history, did City traders allow RBS's results to drag down every share price in the financial sector? It's almost as if the City has...
Who's Who in President's Inner Circle; Senior Adviser: David Axelrod, a Former Journalist, Has Known Mr Obama since 1993
BARACK OBAMA has a tight circle of long-standing friends from Chicago politics at the heart of the White House. He has also called in some veterans from the Clinton era. CHICAGO ALLIES Rahm Emanuel, chief-of-staff Served over six years at the White...
Will Banks Be Nationalised?
Will the Government nationalise the banks? It is looking likely that the Government will have to take full control of Royal Bank of Scotland, in which it already has a 70 per cent stake, and the Lloyds-HBOS group. Some investors are betting that...
Yard Chief Retires with [Pounds Sterling]80,000 Pension to Take [Pounds Sterling]120,000 Post; National Role: Alf Hitchcock Will Earn [Pounds Sterling]200,000 a Year When He Begins His New Quango Job
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER A SENIOR Scotland Yard officer is to quit for a Home Office post which will see him collect a combined [pounds sterling]200,000-ayear pay and pension package. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alf Hitchcock, 49, is...
Your Guide to a Fitter 2009; Quick March: Clients of British Military Fitness Are Put through Their Paces
Byline: JONATHAN MORROW The New Year offers the opportunity to make ambitious resolutions about changing the way we look. Whether it be a pledge to lose a few pounds or simply work harder to tone up, usually by February these promises have fallen...