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Articles from December 9, 2008

A Tiny Hint of the Diva but Duffy Delivers with That Astounding, Soulful Voice; Duffy the Vocal Slayer: The Welsh Singer Belts It out at Brixton Academy
Byline: ANDRE PAINE DUFFY **** Brixton Academy SHE'S nominated for three Grammys and is a safe bet for a best female Brit award in a couple of months, but Aimee Duffy's first of two sold-out Brixton dates proved she's more about soul than showbusiness....
Auction Raises [Pounds Sterling]67,000 with Six Days to Go
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL EVENING STANDARD readers have bid more than [pounds sterling]67,000 in our charity auction. The astonishing total comes after five days of bidding and with six days to go to secure victory. The most sensational of all...
Auction Raises [Pounds Sterling]71,000 with Six Days to Go
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL EVENING STANDARD readers have bid more than [pounds sterling]71,000 in our charity auction. The astonishing total comes after five days of bidding and with six days to go to secure victory. The most sensational of all...
Bailouts That Shouldn't Be Allowed
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON EACH day seems to bring another request from another part of the economy for a Government bailout. Latest to emerge yesterday was Tata, the Indian conglomerate that owns Corus, part of which in turn used to be known as...
BBC Expected to Bid Again for Boat Race after ITV Drops Event; Television Fixture: Oxford's Rowers Beat Cambridge in the 154th Boat Race in March
Byline: TERRY KIRBY TELEVISION rights to the Boat Race have been put up for grabs after ITV pulled out of broadcasting the event. The annual clash between the Oxford and Cambridge university rowing teams on the Thames may now return to the BBC,...
Building Firm Is Ruined by Oligarchs and Bankers Who Refuse to Pay; Opulence: The Projects of "Poshest Builder" Robin Ellis, above, Included a Splitlevel Property in the King's Road, Top Left, and a Basement Pool His Speciality at a House in Primrose Hill
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE firm known as "London's poshest builders" has collapsed because many of its under-pressure hedge fund and oligarch clients have refused to pay their bills. Robin Ellis Construction Services, whose past clients also...
Building Firm Ruined by Oligarchs and Bankers Who Refuse to Pay; Opulence: The Projects of Poshest Builder Robin Ellis, above, Included a Split-Level Property in the Kings Road, Top Left, and a Basement Pool His Speciality at a House in Primrose Hill
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE firm known as Londons poshest builders has collapsed because many of its under-pressure hedge fund and oligarch clients have refused to pay their bills. Robin Ellis Construction Services, whose past clients also included...
Cameron Attacks Brown's 'Reckless' Borrowing Spree; Gamble: David Cameron Today Spoke out against Labour Policy
Byline: JOE MURPHY DAVID CAMERON today emphasised a "big and profound choice" over the economy by strongly attacking Gordon Brown's planned surge in borrowing. The Tory leader took a massive gamble by setting himself firmly against the "spend...
Cameron Launches Attack on Labours Reckless Borrowing
Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL Tory leader David Cameron today challenged the direction of Downing Streets counter-recession strategy, branding it a reckless borrowing binge that could actually slow down recovery. Speaking at the London School...
Cameron Launches Attack on Labour's 'Reckless' Borrowing
Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL TORY leader David Cameron today challenged the direction of Downing Street's counter-recession strategy, branding it a "reckless" borrowing binge that could actually slow down recovery. Speaking at the London...
Can We Be Made to Love the Thames Gateway? 1.green Future: Part of the Disused Great Lines Defences near Chatham Dockyard Which Will Become a Public Park 2.A Vision: The Medway Estuary, Looking out towards the Thames, Would Be Part of the New Parklands, an Area of Exceptional Landscapes. Terry Farrell (Below)
Byline: ROWAN MOORE SIR Terry Farrell is nothing if not tenacious. For five years he has been stumping for his big idea for the Thames Gateway that it should be thought of as a huge park. Unpaid, he has been giving talks to whoever might listen,...
Cigarette Display Ban Will Cost Us [Pounds Sterling]252m, Say Shops; Now You See It: Alan Johnson's Ban on Cigarette Displays in Shops Is Aimed at Stopping Children Being Attracted to Smoking but Retail Organisations Say It Will Cost Each Small Shop [Pounds Sterling]5,000
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD SMALL shops are facing a [pounds sterling]252 million bill to comply with the Government's new tobacco display ban. Retailers reacted angrily to tough anti-smoking measures unveiled today by Health Secretary Alan Johnson....
Cricket Star Lewis Accused of Smuggling [Pounds Sterling]200,000 Drugs; Charged: Chris Lewis Was Held at Gatwick
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT FORMER England cricketer Chris Lewis was remanded in custody today charged with smuggling [pounds sterling]200,000 of cocaine into Britain. The fast bowler was arrested at Gatwick yesterday after arriving on a flight...
De Kock Is Bullish over Eagle's Hong Kong Bid; Local Hero: Viva Pataca Exercises Ahead of Sunday's Hong Kong Cup
Byline: PAUL FIELDER CURRENT or former Newmarket-trained horses are set to dominate Sunday's Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin but they may be difficult to identify at first glance. Locally trained runner Viva Pataca is favourite with most bookmakers...
England Are Urged to Make a Game of It; We're Back: Captain Kevin Pietersen and England's Security Consultant Reg Dickason Get Ready to Leave for the Team Hotel in Chennai
Byline: David Lloyd KEVIN PIETERSEN and his England team have proved themselves willing to "make a statement" that is likely to be remembered long after the details of this week's First Test have been forgotten. Given the tension of the past...
England Pledge to Make a Difference; (1) What a Pair: Ian Bell Doubles His Batting Options in Training Today (2) under Scrutiny: England's Amjad Khan Was Watched in Training by Both Captain Kevin Pietersen (below) and a Sniper from an Indian Special Forces Unit (Above)
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S cricketers today pledged to do their bit for those people left devastated by the Mumbai terrorist attack and then vowed to concentrate on putting themselves in the right frame of mind for Thursday's First Test. Each...
First Blood to the Landlords in Bar-Room Brawl with Pubcos
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH LIKE most pub brawls, it started with a dispute about who said what. MPs on the Business and Enterprise Committee inquiring into the power of the big pub companies today clearly thought Enterprise Inns boss Ted Tuppen was...
Front-Runners to Take over Olympics Role
STUART SMITH The outspoken president of the Lawn Tennis Association is soon to see his current role come to an end which would leave him with more time to work with the Mayor. Appointed in 2005 he had been considering extending his position for...
Get Rid of the Buses and Taxis or Oxford Street Won't Survive; Room to Breathe: More Than a Million Shoppers Came to Oxford Street at the Weekend - and London Did Not Grind to a Halt
Byline: CHRISTIAN WOLMAR OXFORD Street is packed with Christmas shoppers and it's a nightmare. Billed as Britain's premier shopping street, in reality it is a permanent gridlock of people, buses and taxis with a polluted, congested and dirty...
Go with the Glow This Christmas; Latest Flames: From Diptyque, Left, and Acqua Di Above
Byline: Anne McElvoy SCENTED candles can be the most predictable "oh-no-notagain" gifts: or one of the most thoughtful if you think about what really suits the person you're buying for and what smells might soothe them. And as we all want luxuries...
Grandmother, Mother and Child Die as Fighter Jet Crashes in Street; (1) Trail of Destruction: Smoke Rises from the Destroyed Home in Universal City Where an F-18 Jet Crashed. One of Its Engines Failed over the Pacific but the Pilot Tried to Limp Home before the Second Cut out over the City (2) Wreckage: The Remains of the Plane, from Which the Pilot Ejected. above, an F-18
Byline: DAVID GARDNER THREE generations of the same family were killed after a fighter jet crashed in a residential street in California, turning their home into a fireball. A grandmother, a mother and a small child all died in the house in San...
Haringey Chief and the Tragic Betrayal of Another Child; Fired: Sharon Shoesmith Took Child C from Foster Mother
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS DAMNING new evidence of the incompetence of Haringey child protection services is revealed today. The council at the centre of the Baby P scandal snatched another child from a loving foster parent and put him into the care...
Haringey Snatched Child from Me to Give to Abusers; Key Players: Top, Self-Styled Archbishop Gilbert Deya with One of the "Miracle Babies" the Kenyan Government Believes He Steals. Left, Haringey's Sacked Director of Children's Services Sharon Shoesmith. above, How the Standard Has Covered the Unfolding Scandal
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS A PHOTOGRAPH of a small boy, smiling broadly for the camera, stands on a shelf in Jamila Badawi's home. It was taken just over two years ago at a time of great happiness for Jamila, who was foster mother to the child. Today,...
Haringey: The Tragic Betrayal of Another Child; Haringey's Sharon Shoesmith Took Child C from Foster Mother in Court Battle
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS DAMNING new evidence of the incompetence of Haringey child protection services is revealed today. The council at the centre of the Baby P scandal snatched another child from a loving foster parent and put him into the care...
How Lawyers Could Boost Earnings by Taking Share of Any Damages Payout; in the Hot Seat: EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva Is Willing to Consider a Change to Pan-European Laws but Wants to Avoid US-Style High Contingency Fees and Punitive Damages
Byline: JOSHUA ROZENBERG BOTH consumers and businesses could be worse off under plans to reform the civil claims system, according to a City solicitor. John Meltzer, head of product liability at Lovells, has represented pharmaceutical, tobacco...
How to Credit Crunch Your Christmas; Cash-Strapped Conservative: The Tory Leader Samples the Wonder of Woolies
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH THIS is the season of goodwill, credit crunch or no credit crunch. An economic downturn is no excuse for making no-present pacts with your nearest and dearest: that's just stingy. What the crunch does call for is imaginative...
I Love You Sweetheart. Have a Safe Journey, See You Sometime; (1) "Empty Shell": Mr Ewert Drinks Lethal Sedatives before Switching off His Ventilator, Left. He Was Diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease Five Months before His Death (2) Last Moments: Mary Ewert and 59-Year-Old Husband Craig as He Prepares to End His Life in Switzerland
Byline: ANNA DAVIS THIS is the moment a wife said goodbye to her husband as he prepared to commit suicide in a euthanasia clinic. The death of motor neurone disease sufferer Craig Ewert will tomorrow become the first suicide televised in Britain....
In the New World of Work, Go Clubbing
Byline: MARY ANN SIEGHART WHEN I walk into One Alfred Place, a new club tucked behind Tottenham Court Road, I suddenly find myself in an alternative world of work. Groups of youngish people are tapping away on their laptops or mobiles while sipping...
In Touch
Byline: MARK PRIGG INFOCUS IN80 The Infocus IN80 high definition is a revelation for anyone used to even the biggest TV because it projects a razor-sharp wall-sized image. While normal TV looks good, this is particularly stunning when paired...
Keep Up Pressure on the Speaker
BOYCOTTING the Commons inquiry into the police raid on shadow immigration secretary Damian Green's office might not seem the Opposition parties' top task as recession hits Britain, but it is the right choice. Democracy needs its institutions to function...
King Fitness Battle as He Vows to Face Berba; Hammered: Skipper Ledley King Is Congratulated by Team-Mate Luka Modric after Scoring in the Win over West Ham Last Night
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE LEDLEY KING today vowed to recover in record time so he can mark former team-mate Dimitar Berbatov on Saturday after inspiring Tottenham to a 2-0 win at West Ham last night. King's chronic knee problems mean he can play...
Lenders Blame Ministers for Plunge in House Sales
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL MORTGAGE lenders today attacked the Governments conflicting and incoherent economic policy, blaming it for paralysing the housing market. Lenders said they were in an impossible position under pressure to cut borrowing...
Match-Winner Shefki Urges Warnock Not to Sell Him; Kuqi Cool: The Finn Celebrates His Goal
Byline: ANDREW FIFIELD IT HAS taken more than two years for Shefki Kuqi to call Crystal Palace home but now he fears he will be uprooted once again. The Finnish striker is in the best form of his Palace career after helping Neil Warnock's side...
Modric Looks Magical as He Piles the Pressure on Hammers; All Together Now: Jamie O'Hara (Left) Is Congratulated by His Tottenham Team-Mates after His Late Goal Sealed the Visitors' Hard-Fought 2-0 Win at Upton Park Last Night. Ledley King (Top) Rises above the Hammers Defence to Head the Opening Goal, While Tottenham's Luka Modric (below) Looks a Class Apart
Byline: Ken Dyer WEST HAM 0 TOTTENHAM 2 STEVE McCLAREN found out to his considerable cost what happens if you allow Croatian Luka Modric too much time and space. Last night, at Upton Park, it was Gianfanco Zola's turn to learn a similarly...
My Nephew Zafar - All That Was Best in Our Melting Pot
Byline: EMMA DUNCAN LAST Friday I went to my nephew's funeral. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour eight weeks earlier. He was 26 a brilliant young man, a high-flyer at the Treasury, whose peripatetic childhood meant he was just as much at...
Online Fraudsters Targeting Facebook Users with Viruses
Byline: MARK PRIGG ELECTRONIC attacks on websites such as Facebook have tripled in the last 12 months, a report has found. Experts warned members of social networking websites to be wary of adding friends as it emerged new fake sites are appearing...
Our Final Fabulous Charity Lots
HERE are the last of the lots in our Christmas Charity Auction. The full list is online, and you have until noon on Monday 15 December to bid and re-bid. Make your bid at www.standard.co.uk/auction where you will see all the details. Click on the...
Parisse Promises Stade Will Bounce Back; Pushing Back: Segio Parisse (Right) Has Told Quins to Expect a Stade Backlash
STADE FRANCAIS captain Sergio Parisse today warned Harlequins to expect some pay-back following his team's shock 15-10 defeat at the weekend, writes Chris Jones. Quins host the return fixture at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, where Stade will...
Parisse Promises Stade Will Bounce Back; Pushing Back: Sergio Parisse (Right) Has Told Quins to Expect a Stade Backlash
Byline: CHRIS JONES STADE FRANCAIS captain Sergio Parisse today warned Harlequins to expect some pay-back following his team's shock 15-10 defeat at the weekend, writes Chris Jones. Quins host the return fixture at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday,...
Party's over for Botox; All Smiles: From Top, Dannii Minogue, Simon Cowell, Demi Moore and, Right, Amanda Holden
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD PATIENTS undergoing Botox treatments must be checked by a doctor from today under guidelines designed to target "cowboys". New General Medical Council rules mean doctors must vet everyone who wants the anti-ageing treatment....
Property Falls Eject Top Builder from the Footsie
Byline: MICKEY CLARK Taylor Wimpeys fall from grace among stock-market investors will be completed at the close of business tonight when its shares drop out of the Footsie 250 index. It comes just 10 months after the shares were relegated from...
Property Falls Eject Top Builder from the Footsie
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TAYLOR Wimpey's fall from grace among stock-market investors will be completed by the close of business tonight when its shares drop out of the Footsie 250 index. It comes just 10 months after the shares were relegated from...
Rain, Pain and Breakdowns Can't Silence Call of the Wild; High Standards: David Smith and Tony Jardine (below) Had to Deal with Rain, Snow, Fog, Ice ... and the Occasional Duel with Gravity
Byline: DAVID SMITH FOR the crew of the car seeded number 87, Sky Sports presenter Tony Jardine and myself, the Wales Rally GB ended in personal jubilation. Not only did we cope with everything Britain's toughest motor sport event could throw...
Rape Gang's Leader, 16, Locked Up Indefinitely; Mob Attack: O' Neil Denton, and, Clockwise from Top Left, Weiled Ibrahim, Yusuf Raymond, Jayden Ryan, Cleon Brown, Jack Bartle and Alexander Vanderpuije Were Locked Up for Raping a 14-Year-Old Girl. the Judge Ruled They Could Be Identified to "Deter Others"
Byline: TIM STEWART THE ringleader of nine schoolboys who gang-raped a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint for "disrespecting" him has been locked up indefinitely. O'Neil Denton, 16, commanded a mob of boys as young as 13 who took it in turns to violate...
Red Alert as Cholera Crisis Spreads to Zimbabwes Neighbours
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA CHINA was today considering sending food and aid to Zimbabwe as neighbouring countries went on red alert after the cholera epidemic spread across their borders. The official death toll has risen to 589, though it is believed...
Red Alert as Cholera Crisis Spreads to Zimbabwe's Neighbours
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA ZIMBABWE'S neighbouring countries were today on red alert as the cholera epidemic continued its devastating rampage across their borders. The death toll has risen to 589 and hundreds of Zimbabweans are leaving the country...
Set Our Teachers Free to Teach
UNLIKE his recommendations on teaching synthetic phonics, the ideas in Sir Jim Rose's latest review for "themebased" learning are feeble. The theory that schools can teach pupils emotional well-being and social confidence as an alternative to a...
Soap Tycoon: Why I'm Funding Airport Demos; Financial Support: Mark Constantine, a Founder of Lush Cosmetics, Is Funding Plane Stupid but Says He Is "Too Frightened" to Join Protests
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE High Street tycoon who has been funding the eco-activists behind the storming of Stansted today vowed to pay for future direct action campaigns. Mark Constantine, the multi-millionaire founder of Lush Cosmetics, today...
Sony to Cut 16,000 Jobs as Falls in Sales and Output Alarm the City
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN The global plunge into full-blown recession gathered pace today as Britain was hit by an avalanche of bad economic news and Sony announced 16,000 job cuts around the world. Official figures showed UK factory output fell off...
Sony to Cut 16,000 Jobs as Falls in Sales and Output Worry City; Looking but Not Buying: Analysts Say That European Consumers Have "Gone on Strike"
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE global plunge into full-blown recession gathered pace today as Britain was engulfed by an avalanche of bad news and Sony announced 16,000 job cuts around the world. Official figures showed UK factory output fell off a...
Stansted Activist Hailed a 'Hero' by Her Neighbours
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER (1) Arrests:the Standard's report on the new breed of anti-aviation protesters (2) Committed: Olivia Chessell is a leading organiser of the direct action group Plane Stupid and has previously protested against new...
Stansted Activist Is a 'Hero' to Neighbours
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER (1) Arrests:the Evening Standard's report on the new breed of anti-aviation protesters (2) Committed: Olivia Chessell is a leading organiser of the direct action group Plane Stupid. She and her fellow activists, above,...
Stansted Will Face Big Fines for Repeat of Security Breach; Brought to Book: Chaotic Scenes like This Will Mean Stansted Faces Massive Penalties
Byline: ROBERT LEA STANSTED Airport will be hit for millions of pounds in fines in the future if yesterday's huge security fiasco is repeated. The Civil Aviation Authority today announced plans for a new system of penalties in an effort to improve...
Star from Another World; Wanderer: The Prince (Jade Williams) and His Rose (Julie-Alanah Brighton)
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEATRE The Little Prince Hampstead IT'S AN astonishing fact: The Little Prince is the third most printed book in the world after the Bible and Gone with the Wind. Maybe it's this ubiquity of publication that makes...
Taxpayers May Need to Foot New Olympics Bill
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD TAXPAYERS may be asked again to bail out the [pounds sterling]900 million Olympic Village within a few months, Games chiefs admitted today. An extra [pounds sterling]95 million pumped in to keep the building project on track...
Teenage Crush for X Factor Fans; Crowd Control: Police Try to Cope with the Surge of Fans at the Barriers Clamouring to See the Boy Band JLS, below Right, at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. below Left, One Girl Hurt in the Throng Is Taken for Treatment
Byline: AMAR SINGH POLICE today accused producers of ITV's X Factor of "riling" a crowd of teenagers and causing a stampede which left five hurt at a show by boy band JLS. Nearly 3,000 fans descended on Fairfield Halls in Croydon yesterday, overwhelming...
Teenage Crush for X Factor Fans; Crowd Control: Police Try to Cope with the Surge of Fans at the Barriers Clamouring to See the Boy Band JLS, below Right, at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. below Left, One Girl Hurt in the Throng Is Taken for Treatment
Byline: AMAR SINGH FIVE teenage girls were injured in a stampede as a free show held by X Factor boy band JLS attracted nearly 3,000 fans. Hordes of teenagers descended on Fairfield Halls in Croydon, overwhelming around 15 security guards for...
Tennant Is Laid Low by Injury on His Big Night; the Plays the Thing: David Tennant as Hamlet and Mariah Gale as Ophelia in a Preview Performance. He Is Keen to Be Back on Stage Tonight
Byline: LOUISE JURY, RASHID RAZAQ FEARS were today growing this afternoon that the show will not go on for David Tennant as the Doctor Who star had last-minute tests on a back injury. It had been hoped he would press ahead with the official London...
Tennant to Defy Injury for Hamlet's Big Night; the Play's the Thing: David Tennant as Hamlet and Mariah Gale as Ophelia in a Preview Performance. He Says He Will Be Back on Stage Tonight
Byline: LOUISE JURY, RASHID RAZAQ DAVID TENNANT has decided the show must go on despite suffering a back injury. The Doctor Who star will press ahead tonight with the official London opening of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet,...
Terror - at Idea of 2% Slowdown
Byline: RICHARD ORANGE CHEAPER petrol, mortgages and cars for Indians is the last thing the architects of last month's terrorist invasion of Mumbai would have had in mind. But since the ruling Congress Party lost both its home minister and the...
Thames Water Faces Huge Fine over Spill That Killed 10,000 Fish
Byline: MARK PRIGG THAMES WATER is facing an unlimited fine after more than 10,000 fish died when staff spilled industrial-strength bleach into the river Wandle. The water company pleaded guilty to releasing 1,600 litres of sodium hypochlorite...
The Capital's No-Go Streets for 999 Medics Fearing Attack
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY HUNDREDS of London streets have become no-go areas for ambulances because of attacks on medical staff . Almost 2,000 London addresses have been put on a "high risk register", and are categorised as too dangerous for emergency...
The Kindest Cut for a Family Man like Me; Perfect Number: Andrew Neather with His Children, Rosa (Three), Clara (Seven) and Max (Five). He and His Wife Agreed from the Start That Having Three Children Would Be Ideal
Byline: Andrew Neather IT WAS a close encounter with a friend's two-year-old in a very unpleasant nappy that convinced my wife that I really had taken the right decision. "I'm not dealing with all that again," she said. "Just as well you're getting...
The Next Met Boss Must Move beyond Race
Byline: NICK COHEN THE Met needs its Barack Obama. It needs a leader who can take it beyond the politics of both racism and racial grievance into the London of the 21st century. In short, it needs someone who can face down Tarique Ghaffur. When...
Time for Big Phil to Show His Mettle; Feeling OK? Scolari Insists He Is Not Feeling the Pressure - Even Though His Team Could Crash out of Europe
Byline: Simon Johnson WHEN Luiz Felipe Scolari looks back on his coaching career he will always be able to boast about winning the World Cup with Brazil. However, his reputation, and his CV, will undoubtedly be tarnished if he suffers the ignominy...
Top Gun Ejects to Safety as Fighter Jet Crashes into Street, Killing Four; (1) I'm Safe: The Dazed Pilot Makes a Call from a Nearby Lawn. below, an FA-18D Hornet (2) Trail of Destruction: Smoke Rises from the Destroyed Home in Universal City Where an F-18 Jet Crashed. One of Its Engines Failed over the Pacific but the Pilot Tried to Limp Home before the Second Cut out over the City
Byline: DAVID GARDNER THREE generations of the same family were killed when a fighter jet crashed in a residential street in California, turning their home into a fireball. A grandmother, a mother and a small child all died in the house in San...
Troubled Waters Ahead for These Offshore Havens; Diving, but Less Ducking: The Tax Regime Won't Be So Relaxed for the Caymans in Future
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH A FEW years ago, to escape the tyranny of a different newspaper, I moved to the Cayman Islands the hedge fund and hurricane capital of the world. The plan was simple: befriend the police, the governor and some seedy offshore...
UK Job Fears as Electrical Sales Plunge Forces Sony to Axe 8000; Light Entertainment: But the Sun Is Setting on Sales of TVs and Other Electrical Goods
Byline: CONSUMER HUGO DUNCAN SONY plans to slash 8000 jobs as the global recession hits demand for electronic goods around the world. The proposed cuts, 5% of its electronics workforce, today created uncertainty for almost 600 staff at the Sony...
Under-18s Banned from Using Cigarette Vending Machines
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD LARGE displays of cigarettes in shops will be banned under tough new antismoking measures unveiled today. Under-18s will also be barred from buying tobacco from vending machines in a bid to stop children smoking. The...
Upbeat Credit Suisse Has Faith in Equities for 2009
Byline: MICKEY CLARK CREDIT SUISSE brought investors some seasonal cheer today by taking an upbeat view of prospects for 2009. It remains "small overweight" on equities, having upgraded in October because low interest rates offer "oncein-50-years...
White Van Man Leaves Northgate in the Garage
Byline: ROBERT LEA WHITE VAN MAN has become a victim of the recession. Northgate, the UK's largest renter of light commercial vehicles, has seen profits collapse so far this year. The company specialises in hiring out vans to the building...
Your Club Today
Arsenal Played 16, W 9, D 2 L 5 EMILE HESKEY thinks Arsenal can still win the title despite being eight points behind leaders Liverpool. The Wigan striker, part of a side who lost 1-0 at Emirates Stadium, said: "They have got the players who can really...
Your Feel Good Christmas
Byline: Alice Hart-Davis SHINE ON Stylish, superlight and showerproof, this silver jacket from fitness trainer Matt Roberts is as much for showing off as for outdoor workouts. All his clients are wearing them. [pounds sterling]120 at John Lewis...