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Articles from January 13, 2009

'150,000 London Jobs to Go This Year'; City Cull: A Worker Leaves Lehman Brothers' Offices in Canary Wharf after Its Collapse in September Last Year. London's Dependence on the City Means the Recession Will Hit It Hard
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN, HUGO DUNCAN A SAVAGE downturn in the London economy will destroy almost 150,000 jobs in the capital this year, according to a new forecast. The recession will hit London worse than any other region of the country because...
$1Bn Scam Spotlights Promoters
Byline: RICHARD ORANGE TO most international businessmen out here, the $1 billion Satyam scam, though shocking in its scale, will hardly be surprising. At the very first corporate do I attended here, I met a recently arrived British managing...
A Flexible Friend for Your Career
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON When so many institutions offering MBA courses emphasise the importance of facilities and the opportunities to network with future business leaders your fellow students can studying online ever really cut it? While an accredited...
After Terminal 1 Picnic, a Year of Direct Action
Byline: Anna Davis CLIMATE-change activists today warned of a year-long campaign of direct action after staging a sit-down protest at Heathrow airport. About 250 protesters dressed in Edwardian costumes gathered at Terminal 1 to demonstrate against...
Agents Sell 7 Homes in Three Months
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY ESTATE agents in London dealt with a dwindling number of house sales at the end of last year as the capital bore the brunt of the housing market decline, figures show today. Data from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors...
Air Steward Drops Race Bias Case against F1 Boss Dennis
Byline: Paul Cheston AN AIR steward who made a string of allegations of racism against Formula One boss Ron Dennis today admitted they were unfounded. Peter Boland, 27, apologised to the McLaren team chief for making unfounded allegations of...
Banks Will Need More Capital, Says Bernanke in London
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH FURTHER massive injections of capital may be necessary to save the global banking system from collapse, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warned today. Nicknamed Helicopter Ben for his belief that dropping huge amounts...
Battle Lines Are Drawn Up as Recession Bolsters Corruption; Worldwide Worry: As a UK Probe Is Launched into US Fund Manager Bernard Madoff, Left, and Germany's Siemens Is Fined for Bribery, DPP Keir Starmer, Right, Is Forming Plans to Deal with a Rise in Economic Crimes in Britain
Byline: JOSHUA ROZENBERG MORE cases of corruption are likely as a result of the recession, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions. "It is likely that the economic downturn will have an effect on the pattern of crime," Keir Starmer QC predicted....
Children Learn to Swim in Temporary Pool in 2012 Legacy Bid; Making a Splash: Schoolchildren in the Pool at the Lilian Baylis School in Lambeth
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD UP to 1,000 schoolchildren are being taught to swim in a temporary pool under a scheme to deliver a legacy from the London Olympics. Local schools will get free use of the 12-metre teaching pool at the Lilian Baylis school...
City in Front Line as the Jobs Cull Spreads; Slashing the Herd: Merrill Lynch Is Looking to Shed 30% of Its Workforce in London
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN, LUCY TOBIN BRITAIN was hit by yet another wave of job cuts today less than 24 hours after Gordon Brown launched a package to help 500,000 back into work. Much of the misery was felt in London, where Merrill Lynch and its...
Couple Went Up a Mountain and Came Down Engaged; Heading for Trouble: Beth Davies and Stefan Senk, on Ben Nevis at the Start of Their Climb
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER A COUPLE stranded on Britain's highest mountain overnight told today how they were rescued after texting a parent 550 miles away. Stefan Senk, 29, was trapped with girlfriend Beth Davies, 25, for 18 hours more than...
Danny, Sally and the Unsung Secret of Our Screen Success; Springboard: Slumdog Millionaire Director Danny Boyle Learned His Craft in the Theatre, like Many Other Brits Working in Film
Byline: NICK CURTIS TODAY we publish our shortlist of nominees for this year's Evening Standard Film Awards, and it makes gratifying reading. This roster of talent, coming straight after the huge British success at the Golden Globes, proves it is...
Elite Manager or Just Talking a Good Game? Bridge of Sighs: Phil Scolari Has Had Plenty of Headaches So Far This Season and the Sight of His Players Trooping off in Dejection Has Been Common of Late. Deco's Arrival Was Supposed to Give the Squad a Lift but It Seems to Be Him Who Needs the Helping Hand and as for What to Do with Joe Cole, Well, Big Phil Has Been Vexed
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON THE hangover from Chelsea's woeful defeat to Manchester United could linger for some time and questions are now being asked whether Luiz Felipe Scolari is the cause or has the ability to provide a cure. The club's chief...
Embassy's Just Pie in the Sky
AS I revealed in November, no UK architects were invited to bid for the new [pounds sterling]450 million American Embassy, to be built in Vauxhall. So, not surprisingly, none have been shortlisted - although some of the chosen nine firms are well known...
Eurostar's Passenger Growth Hits the Buffers; Happier Times: There Was a Razzmatazz Start to Eurostar's St Pancras Switch
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE boom on Eurostar since the highspeed train's move to St Pancras has come to a juddering halt. Eurostar was celebrating carrying 21% more passengers in 2008's first full trading quarter after its move from Waterloo to St...
Fans Charged with Hurling Abuse at Ex-Spurs Hero Sol; Targeted: Sol Campbell Wins a Header against Roman Pavlyuchenko during Portsmouth's Premier League Clash at Fratton Park Last Year. Spurs Fans Have Been Charged over Alleged Abuse Aimed at the Player during the Clash in September
Byline: MARCO GIACOMELLI ELEVEN fans, including a 13-year-old boy, were today charged with indecent chanting directed at Sol Campbell during Tottenham's match against Portsmouth. Two 15-year-old boys are also among those charged by police investigating...
Federer Doesnt Scare Me Now, Roars Red-Hot Murray; Eyes on the Prize: Andy Murray, after Losing Last Years US Open Final to Roger Federer, Could Soon Be a Grand Slam Champion Himself
Byline: Marco Giacomelli Andy Murray insisted today he is no longer fright-ened of playing Roger Federer and is relishing being favourite for the Australian Open Murray could not have sounded more ice cool after practising in 37 degree heat in Melbourne,...
Fighting Fit; Kick-Start: Jasmine Is Put through Her Paces by Budokon Coach Ryan Carldon Hooked: Sophie Practises Her Muay Thai Punches
Byline: Sophie Goodchild THE LATEST fitness craze among Hollywood A-listers is "fusion" martial arts. Stars including Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox Arquette are converts to these new workouts which combine combat techniques found in kickboxing...
First Kiss for Baby Born Two Days after Mother Died; "Precious Gift": Mahmoud Soliman Kisses His Daughter, Aya Jayne, Who Was Born after His Wife, Ice Skating Coach Jayne Soliman, above, Fell into a Coma. the Name Aya Means Miracle in Arabic
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP THIS is the moment a new father first kissed his baby daughter born two days after her mother was declared brain dead. Mahmoud Soliman watched doctors switch off wife Jayne's life support machine before he was handed the...
Footsie Falls for Fifth Day as Optimism Wears Thin
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE optimism that City investors displayed at the start of the New Year has been blown away, with the London stock market heading for its fifth consecutive day of losses. A big sell-off overnight in New York spilled over...
Footsie Falls for Fifth Day as Optimism Wears Thin
Byline: MICKEY CLARK The optimism that City investors dis-played at the start of the New Year has been blown away, with the London stock market heading for its fifth consecutive day of losses. A big sell-off overnight in New York spilled over...
Free Childcare and Money for Poor to Tackle Class Divide
Byline: PAUL WAUGH FREE childcare for deprived youngsters and new laws to narrow the gap between rich and poor were unveiled by ministers today as they vowed to end Britain's "class divide". Gordon Brown was joined by several Cabinet ministers...
Go Online to Find Your Ancestors ... or Amy's; Period Details: An Entry in the 1911 Census Family Ties: Amy Winehouse's Relatives Lived in Spitalfields, Left
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM AMATEUR genealogists are able to see their ancestors' handwriting as the 1911 Census goes online today. Census forms detailing the lives of 36 million people in England and Wales have been scanned and posted on an ancestry...
Harman Tells All Public Bodies to Tackle Class Divide
Byline: PAUL WAUGH EQUALITIES minister Harriet Harman declared war on Britain's "class divide" today by unveiling a new law requiring all public bodies to narrow the gap between rich and poor. Every public authority, from Whitehall departments...
Hayden Joins the Aussie Exodus; Bowing Out: Opener Matthew Hayden
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MATTHEW HAYDEN today became the sixth member of the Australia team that thrashed England 5-0 in the 2007 Ashes to quit cricket. The opener scored 8,625 runs in 103 Tests at an average of 50.73 in a 17-year career and also...
Here's the Queen's Church, Here's the Steeple ... Hogarthian: All Human Life Is at St Martin's Let There Be Light: The [Pounds Sterling]36 Million Redevelopment at St Martin's Includes the Figure-of-Eight Pavilion, the Entrance to the Crypt, above, with Its Light-Well, Bottom Right; New East Windows in the Sanctuary, Top Right; and Brighter Facilities for the Homeless, Centre Right
Byline: ROWAN MOORE THE CHURCH of St Martinin-the-Fields, beneath its confident Portland Stone wrapper, is like a picture by Hogarth. All human life is there. It is the Queen's parish church, and a royal box, glazed and shuttered like a little saloon,...
How to Rise and Shine When It's Dark outside; Rest Assured: Our Expert Tips Can Help
Byline: JASMINE GARDNER DURING the short winter days, getting up at 7am to face a cold, dark room can be one of the day's most arduous tasks and hitting the snooze button one of the easiest. We asked the experts to give us their advice on how to...
I Can't Imagine Life without My Beautiful Autistic Toby; Inspiring: Toby with His Mother Katharine at Their Riverfront Home
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD WEST END producer Katharine Dore is telling me about the day she discovered her three-year-old son Toby was profoundly autistic. "He'd been a relatively normal baby but seemed slow. Then he began to regress rapidly to the...
Ingenious Block to Third Runway
THE environmental group Greenpeace has adopted an ingenious approach to blocking a third runway at Heathrow. They have purchased land about the size of a football pitch in the village of Sipton an area that would be required in the construction of...
In Touch
Byline: MARK PRIGG MACBOOK PRO Apple's new Macbook Pro boasts a huge 17- inch screen and a blazingly fast processor. It's a superb machine, and surprisingly weighs only 2.99kg. Battery life is around eight hours, and it is fast enough to play...
Invasion of Gaza City: Street Battles as Troops Close in on the Centre
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM ISRAELI forces pushed deeper into Gaza City today amid reports of some of the fiercest fighting so far in its war against Hamas. Israeli tanks rolled into densely populated parts of the city as flashes of light lit up the...
Is Prince Harry Really Racist? Foot in Mouth: Prince Harry and the Target of His Insult, Ahmed Raza Khan, at Sandhurst
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL, LIZ HOGGARD NO SAYS NIRPAL DHALIWAL DIANA must be turning in her grave. Harry, the son of the princess who embraced a Pakistani surgeon, an Arab playboy and a multitude of African orphans, has been caught calling a fellow...
It's Folly to Expand Heathrow
AS THE UK's largest independent travel retailer, we came out against development of a third runway at Heathrow last summer, primarily on environmental grounds, and have seen no reason to change our minds since then. It might be relatively straightforward...
It's Investor Interests That Matter
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON COLIN Melvin, chief executive of Hermes Equity Ownership Services, was yesterday quoted in a press release as saying: "We should promote transparency within investment markets. A lack of transparency results in investment...
Just the Ticket: Victory for Safer Stations
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL A MINISTER today effectively slammed the door on the mass closure of ticket offices by rail companies across London and the South-East. Lord Adonis ordered the capital's biggest rail operator, South West Trains, to radically...
Keeneland Sales Suffer as Credit Crunch Takes Toll; Staying Put: Azeri Attracted Interest but Was Eventually Sold Back to Her Owners
Byline: PAUL FIELDER THE economic downturn had a dramatic effect on the first day of the Keeneland Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, with gross revenue some 44 per cent lower than the first session 12 months ago. While seven more...
London Art Fair Hoping to Draw Record Crowds; in the Picture: Works for Sale Include, Left, Factories, Lancashire by LS Lowry; New Print Empire State by Nick Walker. Adam Dant Will Be Drawing Visitors for [Pounds Sterling]250 in Aid of Charity the House of Fairy Tales, Below
Byline: LOUISE JURY THE London Art Fair will celebrate its 21st birthday with its biggest ever range of galleries when it opens today. There will be more than 100 stands with 1,000 artists' work on sale at the Business Design Centre in Islington....
Mandelson's [Pounds Sterling]20bn Loans Deal for Struggling Firms
Byline: JOE MURPHY A MAJOR increase in taxpayer-backed lending to firms is being unveiled tomorrow by Lord Mandelson. The Business Secretary has pulled together a complex funding package to underwrite up to [pounds sterling]20 billion of lending...
Mayfair Squatters Restored My Faith
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN THERE is something immensely satisfying in strolling through Mayfair, pitching up at an exclusive residence and bowling right in. For the past week, it has been possible for you and I to do this, as the residents of 39A Clarges...
Meera Says Daughter Milli Can Go Back to Bollywood ... but Only after Her GCSEs; Mum's the Word: Meera Syal with Her Daughter Milli and Left, on the Cover of AsianWoman Magazine
Byline: JACK LEFLEY MEERA SYAL has put her teenage daughter's ambitions to follow in her footsteps on hold until she finishes her GCSEs. The award-winning writer, actress and comedian insists that 16-year-old Chameli, who has already appeared...
Met Operation Halves Club Party Shootings
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT AN operation by Met police to fight crime in London's clubs and pubs during the party season almost halved the number of guns fired in the capital last month, police said today. The Scotland Yard project, codenamed Operation...
Mighty Murray Has Given Me a Boost, Says Cipriani; in the Running: Danny Cipriani Knows He Must Raise His Game When Wasps Take on Leinster in the Heineken Cup This Weekend
Byline: CHRIS JONES DANNY CIPRIANI is taking inspiration from Andy Murray's domination of the world's best tennis players and wants to make his own sporting history having finally overcome the horrendous ankle injury that threatened his career....
Milburn's Price Is Too High for a Cabinet Return; Do You Want to Be in My Gang? Gordon Brown and Blairite Alan Milburn
ALAN Milburn may have become the latest Blairite happy camper to get into Gordon Brown's big tent but why is he not back in the cabinet as a minister? It seems this might be to do with the kind of money the former health secretary is making from his...
My Legacy of Mistakes and Triumphs, by Bush; Emotional: Mr Bush after His Speech
Byline: ED HARRIS GEORGE BUSH warned his successor that a terrorist attack "on our homeland" remained the greatest threat to the US as he delivered his final press conference. The outgoing US president said of Barack Obama: "The most urgent threat...
Newcomer Wins [Pounds Sterling]15,000 Poetry Prize after Tragic Death of Rival; Tribute: Mick Imlah Died Last Night Recognition: Jen Hadfield Has Won Poetry's Most Prestigious Award for Her Second Collection, Nigh-No-Place
Byline: LOUISE JURY A NEWCOMER has beaten favourites Glyn Maxwell and Mick Imlah to take one of the most prestigious prizes in poetry. But the victory of 30-year-old Jen Hadfield from Shetland was tinged with sadness after her rival Imlah died...
Now Globe Winners Battle for Standard's British Film Prizes; in the Running: Kate Winslet, Slumdog Millionaire, and Sally Hawkins Won Awards at the Golden Globes
Byline: LOUISE JURY KATE WINSLET, Sally Hawkins and Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle are among the stars battling for honours at this year's Evening Standard British Film Awards. In a great year for UK cinema, the Standard recognises small-scale...
Obama Pledges Bail-Out Cash to Save Homes, Not Wall St; an Invitation to Obama's Inauguration in Washington Next Week. There Are Five Kinds of Tickets, Depending on the Proximity to the Stage
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON FAMILIES faced with losing their home will be the first to benefit from a huge cash handout once Barack Obama is sworn in. In requesting the second half of the $700 billion bail-out money agreed last month, Mr Obama said...
Passengers Welcome Move to Curb Closure of Rail Ticket Offices
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL PASSENGER groups today hailed a victory in the battle to stop the mass closure of ticket offices by rail companies across London and the South-East. They welcomed the decision by transport minister Lord Adonis to order...
Pete Clark's Choice
Byline: PETE CLARK CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION 9pm, Five It has always been apparent that the CSI team is less a group of professionals and more a family unit, tightly bound by love and loyalty. At the end of the last series, Warrick Brown...
[Pounds Sterling]20bn Loan Plan for Struggling Firms
Byline: JOE MURPHY A MAJOR increase in taxpayer-backed lending to firms is being considered by ministers. Schemes to underwrite up to [pounds sterling]20 billion of loans to struggling firms could be unveiled in a new bid to get the banks lending...
Princes Call Polo Friend Sooty 'And He Doesn't Take Offence'; Close Friend: Property Developer Kolin Dhillon, Left, with Prince Harry at a Polo Match
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL, BO WILSON PRINCE CHARLES and his sons call a close friend of Indian descent "Sooty", it was revealed today. It plunges the royal family into a second race row days after St James's Palace apologised for Harry using the...
RBS Unloads Bank of China Stake to Boost Balance Sheet
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN ROYAL Bank of Scotland today put its entire stake in Bank of China up for sale for $2.3 billion ([pounds sterling]1.57 billion). The bank that has been bailed out by the British Government offered investors the 10.8 billion...
Redknapp's in the Hunt for [Pounds Sterling]5m Reading Winger; Leap of Faith: Reading Winger Stephen Hunt Says He Is Desperate to Return to Playing in the Premier League
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON TOTTENHAM are planning a transfer spending spree over the next three weeks to ensure they avoid relegation. Manager Harry Redknapp has told chairman Daniel Levy he wants five more signings before the end of the window, even...
Residents Flee in Panic as Israelis Storm Gaza City; Bombardment: An Israeli Airstrike on the City of Rafah in the South of the Gaza Strip Fills the Sky with Flames and Acrid Smoke Today as Fighting on the Ground Intensified
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM ISRAELI troops advanced to within a mile of the centre of Gaza City today amid reports of some of the fiercest fighting so far in its war against Hamas. The military push into the Tel Hawwa district, a densely populated...
Robbery Victim Too Honest ... So Judge Halts Trial; Terrified: Driving Instructor Denise Dawson Now Fears Being Attacked Again
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE case against a man accused of robbing a woman in a terrifying gang attack was thrown out of court because his victim was deemed to be "too believable" in the witness box. Judge Jamie Tabor, QC, praised driving instructor...
Safe Havens Set Up to Save Sparrow from Disappearing; Rare Sight: House Sparrows in a Fulham Garden. the Number in the Capital Plummeted by 68 per Cent between 1994 and 2007
Byline: RUTH BLOOMFIELD SANCTUARIES will be created across London to help save the capital's dwindling population of house sparrows. Twenty-one sites have been earmarked as safe havens for the birds. Parliament Hill in Hampstead is one area...
Scolari: Players Must Share Blame for Crisis; under Fire: Luiz Felipe Scolari Trains with His Chelsea Team Today as They Prepare to Bounce Back from Their Mauling by Manchester United in Tomorrow Night's FA Cup Clash at Southend
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA manager Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted today that his players had to share the responsibility for the club's current bad run of form, writes Simon Johnson. The Brazilian is under severe pressure after his side picked...
Scolari: Players Must Share Blame for Crisis; under Fire: Luiz Felipe Scolari Trains with His Chelsea Team Today as They Prepare to Bounce Back from Their Mauling by Manchester United in Tomorrow Nights FA Cup Clash at Southend No Rift: Blues Striker Nicolas Anelka
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA manager Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted today his players had to share the responsibility for the clubs poor form, writes Simon Johnson. The Brazilian is under severe pressure after his sides humiliating 3-0 defeat...
Secret History of My Family Home; Home from Home: Jonathan Prynn's 1850 House in Hammersmith Was Once Lived in by a Travelling Salesman Who Sold Women's Coats
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN LIKE many Londoners I know a little about the history of my street in Hammersmith. It was built around 1850 supposedly for retired NCOs from the Battle of Waterloo. It is painted in many colours, a legacy of a Dulux paint...
Signals at Red for the Brief Eurostar Boom; Bon Voyage: Eurostar Staff Wave of the First of Their Trains to Leave at St Pancras
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE boom on Eurostar since the highspeed train moved to St Pancras has come to a juddering halt. Last year Eurostar carried 21% more passengers in the first full trading quarter after its move from Waterloo, with customers...
Six-Figure Salaries for Almost 400 London Town Hall Workers
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY, ANTHONY KIMBER ALMOST 400 council workers in London earned more than [pounds sterling]100,000 last year, an Evening Standard investigation has found. The number of staff receiving sixfigure sums from the taxpayer soared...
Snake Oil Won't Insure We Still Put Our Trust in Aviva; Rocky Horror: Aviva's Alice Cooper-Led Rebranding Looks Wasteful Rather Than Prudent Too Much Clout? Ministers Still Dislike the Power of Sir Terry Leahy's Company
Byline: Simon English MEET Bill Smith. Bill has been selling insurance for longer than anyone can remember to at least half the inhabitants of AnyTown. A reassuringly dull man, Bill is always the most boring person in the room unless he happens...
So How Did He Buy His [Pounds Sterling]2.5 Regency Villa? out and About: Peter Mandelson with Reinaldo Avila Da Silva in Notting Hill Back to Business: Lord Mandelson the Business Secretary Leaves His Home near Regent's Park
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN AN EVENING Standard investigation today raises new questions about how the Business Secretary, Peter Mandelson, was able to finance his purchase of a [pounds sterling]2.5 million villa near Regent's Park. Using publicly-available...
Southend Bolstered by Chelsea's Vulnerability
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON SOUTHEND manager Steve Tilson is planning to pile on the misery for Chelsea by exploiting their weaknesses at set-pieces to knock them out of the FA Cup, writes Simon Johnson. Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been reassured...
Sports Boss Is Jailed for Sword Attack on Bouncer
Byline: Paul Cheston AN IRATE sports chief who lost his temper at a tournament and attacked a security guard with a samurai sword has been jailed. Jaswinder Sahota, president of the National Federation of Kabaddi, lunged at bouncer Ray Connolly...
Starbucks Is Firebombed 'In Protest against Israel'; Attacked: Starbucks in Whitechapel
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A BRANCH of Starbucks in London has been attacked and firebombed in a suspected anti-Israeli protest. Detectives are investigating two attacks on the cafe in Whitechapel Road. Bricks and "rocks" were thrown at a glass...
Stars Buy Heathrow Land to Hold Up Third Runway; Subversive Plot: Emma Thompson, Zac Goldsmith and MP Justine Greening All Signed Up to Buy the Field. above, Alistair McGowan on the Site, Which Greenpeace Hopes Will Tie Up BAA in Legal Challenges
Byline: PiPPA CRERAR LAND earmarked for Heathrow's third runway has been bought by protesters in a move described as a "massive spanner" in the plans for expansion. The move by a coalition led by Greenpeace is being backed by Emma Thompson, Alistair...
Tanks Roll into Heart of Gaza; Advance to Contact: Soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces Patrol the Northern Gaza Strip. Some of the Heaviest Fighting in the 17-Day Conflict Was Reported, with Constant Machinegun Fire and a Sky Ablaze with Rocket Fire
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM ISraeLi forces pushed deeper into Gaza City today amid reports of some of the most fierce fighting so far in its war against Hamas. Israeli tanks rolled into densely populated parts of the city as flashes of light lit up...
Tesco Heads for Profit of [Pounds Sterling]3bn despite Growth Dip; Delivering Growth: Chief Executive Sir Terry Leahy Oversaw an 11.6% Rise in Sales
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH TESCO profits are poised to smash through [pounds sterling]3 billion this year despite the smallest rise in Christmas sales at its UK stores since the early 1990s. The UK's biggest supermarket saw like-for-like sales in...
Tesco Shrugs off Christmas as Profits Head for over [Pounds Sterling]3bn
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH TESCO profits are poised to smash through [pounds sterling]3 billion this year despite the smallest rise in Christmas sales at its UK stores since the early 1990s. The UK's biggest supermarket saw like-for-like sales in...
Tesco's Unhappy Christmas: Sales Rise by Just 2.5%
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN TESCO today admitted that it lost ground to other supermarkets over Christmas with its weakest sales growth in nearly 20 years. Sales inched ahead only 2.5 per cent in the run-up to Christmas and over the New Year, far...
This Third Runway Flight of Fancy Won't Get My Vote
Byline: EMMA DUNCAN OVER lunch with my friend Rebecca, we discussed how she should get herself arrested. She thought there was a lot to be said for climbing into Parliament, but there was a risk (especially for those well-padded in the chest...
Thomas, Five, Has Pioneering Implant to Help Stimulate Brain; Reason to Smile: Thomas Melville-Ross, Centre, with Parents Georgie and James. Thomas Suffers from Dystonia
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY A FIVE-YEAR-OLD has been given new hope after pioneering surgery to fit an electronic implant to help conquer a debilitating brain condition. Thomas Melville-Ross is the smallest patient to be given the device to stimulate...
Thousands Sign Up to Buy Slice of Third Runway Site; Subversive Plot: Emma Thompson, Zac Goldsmith and MP Justine Greening All Signed Up to Buy the Field. above, Alistair McGowan on the Site, Which Greenpeace Hopes Will Tie Up BAA in Legal Challenges
Byline: Pippa Crerar THOUSANDS of people have signed up to join the campaign against the third Hea-throw runway by buying part of a field near the airport. Greenpeace said 1,000 people an hour were adding their names to a list to buy the title...
Too Much of a Noble Physique
Byline: ANNE McELVOY MY LOWER back has ached since the middle of 2007, so January 2009 seems a good time to put it right. A consultant in Harley Street prods and pokes and murmurs about a disc bulge. Am I already at the stage where even my discs...
Town Hall to Weed out Hanging Baskets 'For Sake of Planet Earth'
Byline: RUTH BLOOMFIELD HANGING flower baskets could be banned to "preserve the planet", say council chiefs. Harrow council believes they require too much watering and maintenance to be considered environmentally sound. The authority is also...
Tullow and Heritage Lifted by Giant African Oil Find
Byline: MICKEY CLARK OIL explorer Tullow Oil and its partner Heritage Oil have struck it rich in Uganda. Excited City brokers were today trumpeting it as the biggest find discovered on the African continent. It could contain reserves amounting to...
Two Youths Stabbed in Knife Fight near School
Byline: TIM ROSS TWO youths were stabbed in a fight near a school. More than 30 police were called to John Roan Secondary School in Blackheath yesterday after reports that a 16-year-old boy had been knifed in the chest. He was found in Combe...
Usmanov Finds an Enemy on 'Friends' Site
MORE woe for cuddly Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov. The [pounds sterling]100 million Russian version of Friends Reunited, in which Usmanov, the Lion of the Pamirs, has a 30% shareholding, is being sued in London by a British businessman. Old...
Where I Live, Social Mobility Is a Dead Duck
Byline: NICK COHEN IF LABOUR is serious about improving social mobility in the professions, I will take its new equality champion, Alan Milburn, up the road from my Islington home to Canonbury Primary School to show him how bad London has got. ...