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Articles from July 27, 2009

2012 out of the Starting Blocks; Domino Effect across London Sets the Scene for Countdown
Byline: Emma Rowley LONDON prepared for the party of the decade - if not the century - this weekend with a string of events celebrating the countdown to the 2012 Games. Organisers staged hundreds of sports and arts events across the capital,...
64% of Londoners Support Olympics; Standard Poll's Huge Boost for Organisers
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent LONDONERS today gave their overwhelming support to the 2012 Olympics as organisers said they were on track to deliver "the best Games ever". An exclusive Evening Standard poll reveals how millions...
Amnesty Honours Burma's Suu Kyi as She Faces Prison
Byline: Ed Harris AUNG SAN SUU KYI was today awarded Amnesty International's highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award. The human rights group said it hoped this would help protect the Burmese pro-democracy leader as she faces a potential...
Ancelotti Can Finally Plot Blues' Title Chase; with the 'John Terry to City' Saga at an End, the New Chelsea Boss Can Turn His Full Attention to Claiming Some Silverware
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA 2 CLUB AMERICA 0 IT HAS taken Carlo Ancelotti just a few weeks to collect his first trophy as Chelsea manager, yet it is captain John Terry's decision to stay at the club that he will regard as the biggest victory...
Ban on Sale of Human Eggs to Be Reviewed as UK Donors Fall
Byline: Ellen Widdup A BAN on the sale of sperm and eggs is to be reconsidered. The head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Government's fertility watchdog, said today she would reassess strict rules enforced in 2006 which...
Billions Will Be Watching Coe's Flame Roar to Life
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent THE countdown to London 2012 has started in earnest -- exactly three years from today, 80 world leaders and 80,000 highly fortunate spectators will squeeze into the Olympic Stadium to see a lone torchbearer...
Blake: I Gave Amy Kiss of Life as She 'Died' in Drug Binge
Byline: Georgina Littlejohn AMY WINEHOUSE'S ex-husband has revealed how she briefly died at her London home after a three-day drink and drugs binge. Blake Fielder-Civil said he was "terrified" when the singer stopped breathing after getting high...
Blake: I Saved Amy When She 'Died' in Drug Binge
Byline: Amar Singh AMY WINEHOUSE'S ex-husband has revealed how she briefly died at her London home after a threeday drink and drugs binge. Blake Fielder-Civil said he was "terrified" when the singer stopped breathing after getting high on crack...
Britain Woos Moderate Taliban as Brown Signals End of Push
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent THE latest British soldier killed in Afghanistan was named today as Bombardier Craig Hopson of 40th Regiment Royal Artillery. The 24-year-old, left, of Castleford, Yorkshire, became a father three...
Brown Leadership Faces New Threat by Labour's Left Wing
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent THE LABOUR Left is ready to pull the rug from under Gordon Brown's premiership, a senior backbencher warned today. Alan Simpson issued the chilling message to the Prime Minister that Left-wingers...
Brown Signals End of Push as Britain Woos Moderate Taliban
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GORDON BROWN today announced the end of the offensive to drive back the Taliban under operation Panther's Claw. The Prime Minister praised the bravery of British troops who have suffered their...
Brown Signals the End of Bloody Operation to Drive Back Taliban
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GORDON BROWN today announced the end of the offensive to drive back the Taliban under operation Panther's Claw. The Prime Minister praised the bravery of British troops who have suffered their...
Champagne and Price Cuts as West End Joins a Fashion Celebration
Byline: Sri Carmichael Consumer Affairs Reporter LONDON is to take part in a global festival of fashion with hundreds of stores offering champagne, discounts and free style advice and workshops. The event will coincide with celebrations in Paris,...
DO YOU LIE ABOUT YOUR HOURS? Most of Us Do. and the Myth of Extreme Working Is about to Be Blown Apart, Says Philip Delves Broughton; 'WORKING LONG HOURS INDICATES COMMITMENT'
Byline: Philip Delves Broughton IONCE heard an American employee of Morgan Stanley claim to have worked 127 hours in a single week. Immediately I began trying to do the mental arithmetic: 127 divided by seven days - roughly 18 hours a day for an...
Early Signs Appear Good for Massa after Horror Smash; Stricken Ferrari Man Able to 'Actively' Communicate in Hospital as Doctors Assess the Possibility of Brain Damage
Byline: David Smith FELIPE MASSA can now communicate "actively" and is able to move his hands and legs, it was announced this morning. The Ferrari driver , who fractured his skull in an accident on Saturday during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand...
EDF Needs to Treat Us Better
EDF Energy fined for poor customer service, failing to connect up new developments quickly enough (24 July)? There's a surprise. In 2007 we switched to a more reliable company who we pay by direct debit each month - yet we are still receiving bills...
Exhilaration Is Growing. We Won't Let You Down, Says Coe
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent LONDON today began the three-year countdown to the Olympics with promises that the capital will stage the most memorable in history. The Games will begin at precisely 20:12 on 27 July 2012 and organising...
Eye Injury from Crash Puts Massa's F1 Future in Doubt; Doctor Says That Stricken Ferrari Man Is Now in a Stable Condition but He May Not Be Able to Return to Racing. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith FELIPE MASSA'S life is no longer in immediate danger but the Ferrari driver has suffered an eye injury which could threaten his future in Formula One. The Brazilian fractured his skull during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand...
EYE INJURY MEANS MASSA MIGHT NEVER RACE AGAIN; Eye Injury May Mean End of Massa's Career
Byline: David Smith Sports Correspondent FELIPE MASSA has suffered an eye injury which could threaten his Formula One career, it was revealed today. The Ferrari driver is in a stable condition in intensive care at the AEK mili-tarhospital in...
Fast Guide to the Games
TICKETS AROUND nine million tickets will go on sale in mid-2011 via online booking agency Ticketmaster. Tickets will be priced according to expected demand, and the most expensive will be for the athletics finals and opening ceremony. However,...
Fertility Watchdog to Review Ban on Selling Human Eggs
Byline: Ellen Widdup A BAN on the sale of sperm and eggs is to be reconsidered. The head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Government's fertility watchdog, said today she would reassess strict rules enforced in 2006 which...
Folly of Being Ernest; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN Comedy, W1 H * It wouldn't be summer without a bonkers musical project, filling time -although I confidently predict not nearly as much of it as the producers planned -in an otherwise dark theatre....
Footsie Up as Traders Shrug off Speculation over Rate Rise
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP SHARES on the London stock market were on the rise again today, stretching their bull run to 11 consecutive days, despite mounting speculation that the next move in interest rates will be up. Goldman Sachs...
Friends' Final Resolution Rebuff
Byline: Hugo Duncan LIFE assurer Friends Provident today slammed the door on Resolution boss Clive Cowdery and said discussions about a possible tie-up were well and truly over. After weeks of talks between the two sides, Friends chairman Sir...
Friends Furiously Rejects Bid from Resolution
Byline: Hugo Duncan LIFE assurer Friends Provident today slammed the door on Resolution boss Clive Cowdery and said discussions about a possible tie-up were well and truly over. After weeks of talks between the two sides, Friends chairman Sir...
Games Will Be the Greatest Event on Earth, Vows Coe
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent LONDON today began the three-year countdown to the Olympics with promises that the capital will stage the most memorable Games in history. The Games will begin at precisely 20:12 on 27 July 2012...
Get a Grip, MPs Tell Phillips as Equality Body Faces Inquiry
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent nearly [pounds sterling]324,000 to seven senior staff re-employed after taking generous early severance packages. The National Audit Office refused to fully sign off its accounts after it paid...
Get a Grip, Phillips Told as MPs Probe Equality Watchdog
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent MPs are to investigate Britain's equalities watchdog which is in turmoil over its leader Trevor Phillips. Six commissioners have quit the troubled organisation and it faces growing question...
Golden Promise the Standard's Young Athletes to Watch as London's Three-Year Countdown Begins
ZOE SMITH AGE: 15 EVENT: WEIGHTLIFTING The schoolgirl from Abbey Wood has been tipped as a potential star for the London Olympics after being named as a British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year for 2008. Zoe, who is 5ft 2in and weighs...
Golden Promise the Standard's Young Athletes to Watch as London's Three-Year Countdown Begins
ZOE SMITH, 15 Weightlifting The schoolgirl from Abbey Wood, pictured below, has been tipped as a potential star for the London Olympics after being named as a British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year for 2008. Zoe, who is 5ft 2in and weighs...
Gywneth Feeds Our Appetite for Caustic Disgust
Byline: Sam Leith WE LIVE, friends, in strange times. They may be getting to me. I know there are pressing geopolitical issues we should all be worrying about but for the last couple of days all I have been able to think about is Gwyneth Paltrow,...
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I'll Be Keeping Freddie on a Tight Lead, Says Strauss
Byline: Tom Collomosse Test match cricket brought to you in association with ANDREW STRAUSS today admitted he may have to limit the number of overs Andrew Flintoff bowls during the Third Ashes Test to give England's talisman the best possible...
'I'm Sorry Sir, You Can't Become a Member -You're Clearly over 12'
Byline: Lydia Slater LONDON'S latest private members' club is an exclusive affair. It offers cutting-edge design, cuisine supervised by a Michelin-starred chef, plus, of course, the opportunity to mix with the opinion-formers of the future. As you...
KP's Absence Piles Pressure on Flintoff, Says Ponting
Byline: Tom Collomosse Test match cricket brought to you in association with RICKY PONTING believes Kevin Pietersen's absence from the rest of the Ashes series will place even greater strain on Andrew Flintoff. Pietersen underwent surgery on...
London's Olympic Excitement Mounts
IN EXACTLY three years' time this city's Olympic Games will be under way. There are promising signs that Londoners are looking to the time when they can celebrate this spectacular festival of sport. This newspaper's poll today shows that a majority...
London's Olympic Excitement Mounts; Established 1827
IN EXACTLY three years' time this city's Olympic Games will be under way. There are promising signs that Londoners are looking forward to the time when they can celebrate this spectacular festival of sport. This newspaper's poll today shows that a...
Mandelson Puts Pressure on Banks over Business Loans
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DOWNING STREET stepped up pressure on the banks this afternoon to give struggling industry a lifeline of cheaper loans. As chief executives of the leading banks faced a dressing down at the Treasury, the Prime...
Met Tactics to Face Scrutiny at Climate Camp
Byline: Peterdominiczak THOUSANDS of environmental activists are planning to hold a week-long "climate camp" protest at a secret location in the capital next month. It will be the first major test for the Met since its response to the G20 protests...
Met Tactics under Scrutiny as Thousands Set to Attend Week-Long Climate Protest
Byline: Peter dominiczak THOUSANDS of environmental activists are planning to hold a week-long "climate camp" protest at a secret location in the capital next month. It will be the first major test for the Met since its response to the G20 protests...
Miliband Must Explain This New Tone of Realism for Afghanistan; COMMENTARY
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent PEACE appears to be breaking out north and south in Afghanistan according to president Hamid Karzai and Gordon Brown today. The prize of peace has to be balanced against the price of war -- which has been...
Miliband Must Explain This New Tone of Realism for Afghanistan; Defence Correspondent COMMENTARY
Byline: Robert Fox PEACE appears to be breaking out north and south in Afghanistan according to president Hamid Karzai and Gordon Brown today. The prize of peace has to be balanced against the price of war -- which has been grim for the British...
MPs Attack Train Firms for 'Backdoor' Fare Rises
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor RAIL companies were attacked today for taking passengers for granted and fleecing commuters with fare increases. A scathing report by MPs accused the industry of clobbering travellers during the recession with...
MPs Attack Train Firms for Exploiting Travellers with Hidden Fare Rises
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor if companies can cream off the profits in good times, but leave passengers and taxpayers to pick up the bill when hard times hit. The fare rises we saw this year were excessive." The committee's report expressed...
Must Try Harder, George. the City's Not So Easily Taken In
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor A VERY senior banker asked me twice: "What do you think of George Osborne?" It was the way the question was asked and the repetition that gave me pause. When someone who normally doesn't like to get personal...
Now Carlo Can Finally Plot Blues' Title Chase; with the John Terry-to-City Saga at an End, the New Chelsea Boss Can Turn His Full Attention to Claiming Some Silverware
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA 2 CLUB AMERICA 0 IT HAS taken Carlo Ancelotti just a few weeks to collect his first trophy as Chelsea manager, yet it is captain John Terry's decision to stay at the club that he will regard as the biggest victory...
'NOW LET'S SHOW STAYING POWER TO WIN BACK TITLE'; TERRY'S TARGET STAR PLEDGES LOYALTY TO CHELSEA AND SETS SIGHTS ON PREMIER CROWN; Terry Sights Are on Premier Crown
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent, in Dallas JOHN TERRY has set his sights on leading Chelsea to Premier League glory after finally confirming he is staying at Stamford Bridge. The England captain released a statement before the club's...
Now London Calls the Shots; Jazz
Byline: JACK MASSARIK WYNTON MARSALIS AND THE LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA Barbican Hall, EC2 **** KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DEJOHNETTE Festival Hall, SE1 **** DRAMA being Keith Jarrett's middle name, fans were laying...
Now the Conflict in Afghanistan Will Become Obama's War; Commentary
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent IN the next few days the new US and Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal is due to announce his strategy for Afghanistan. Since the general was appointed by President Obama for the job, the international...
On the Criminal-Justice Front Line; It Can Be a Stressful Career in an Often Intimidating Environment but Being a Custody Officer Can Give Job Satisfaction - as Well Being a Real Character-Builder
Byline: Sarah Richardson SINCE her shift started two hours ago, designated detention officer Olivia Cummins has been busy processing four detainees, taking their fingerprints, their DNA and their photographs and testing their saliva for drugs using...
Palin Leaves Them Guessing as She Quits 18 Months Early
Byline: Ed Harris SPECULATION was mounting today that Sarah Palin could mount a White House bid for 2012 after she stepped down as governor of Alaska 18 months early. The colourful career of the former US vice-presidential candidate is entering...
Portfolio
BUY PURECIRCLE EVOLUTION Securities advises investors to snap up shares in PureCircle, which makes natural, non-sugar sweeteners for softdrink producers including the industry heavyweights, Pepsi and Coca-Cola. The broker writes that PureCircle's Reb-A...
Qataris Select Architects for Chelsea Barracks 'Longlist'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak THE developers of the [pounds sterling]3billion Chelsea Barracks scheme are set to announce a "longlist" of up to 15 architectural firms in the running to design plans for the site. The site's owners said that nearly...
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200 free tickets to see theatre club Dreamboats and Petticoats Inspired by the smash hit, million-selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats which rocketed to the top of the charts - comes a new musical. Dreamboats and Petticoats features some...
Red-Hot Stoute Set to Hit the Target with Main Aim
Byline: Will Hayler MAIN AIM can put backers on the path to a profitable week at Glorious Goodwood by landing tomorrow's Betfair Cup (3.25), the highlight of the first day's action. Fresh from his victory aboard Conduit in the King George VI...
Royal Court Stages Family Drama by Girl, Aged 17
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A SCHOOLGIRL is set to have her first play staged at the Royal Court. Anya Reiss, 17, wrote Spur of the Moment while she was on the theatre's young writers programme. The artistic directors were so impressed by her work...
Ryanair in a Profits Surge but It Warns on High Taxes
Byline: Nick Goodway LOW-COST airline Ryanair today announced a sixfold rise in first-quarter profits but warned that crippling tourist taxes and lower ticket prices mean its full-year profits will be at the bottom end of City forecasts. But...
Sarkozy Collapse Blamed on Carla's Health Regime
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris A HEALTH regime aimed at making Nicolas Sarkozy as slim and fit as his wife Carla Bruni was today blamed for causing him to collapse while jogging and suffer a heart scare. The 54-year-old French president left the...
Sarkozy's Collapse Blamed on Dieting to Keep Up with Carla; Honed President 'Needs to Work Less and Eat More' after Heart Scare
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris A DIET aimed at making Nicolas Sarkozy as slim and fit as his wife Carla Bruni was today blamed for causing him to collapse and suffer a heart scare. As the 54-year-old French president prepared to leave the Val-de-Grace...
Second Sister Dies from Injuries after 'Arson Attack'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A WOMAN has died following a suspected arson attack at her family home a month ago that killed her 15-year-old sister. Nabiha Masud, 21, died in hospital on Saturday, less than 24 hours after hundreds of friends and relatives...
SECRETS OF STEALTH CLUBBING; They Are Springing Up All over London and Attracting the Trendiest Party People -- but You'll Need to Have the Right Contacts to Find Them, Says Jasmine Gardner
Byline: Jasmine Gardner OUTSIDE a secret Shoreditch venue a chap in a hard hat and high-visibility jacket is holding a clipboard and ushering people through a door. Shifty-looking guests steal backward glances as he nods them through. If you want...
Shaping Up for 2012
1 HANDBALL ARENA Capacity 7,000 Cost Estimated [pounds sterling]24 million Current state Construction due to start later this month Hot ticket One for London's eastern European expatriates with Poland, Croatia and Russia all traditionally...
Sikh Police Recruit Wins Payout after Racist Humiliation by Trainer
Byline: Timstewart A SIKH police officer is to receive a fivefigure compensation payment after she suffered racist and religious humiliation while in training. Amandeep Kaur Grewal, who is of Indian origin, was singled out for unfair criticism...
Sikh Recruit Wins Payout for Humiliation by Police Trainer
Byline: Tim Stewart A SIKH police officer is to receive a five-figure compensation payment after she suffered racist and religious humiliation while in training. Amandeep Kaur Grewal, who is of Indian origin, was singled out for unfair criticism...
Speculation over Rate Rise Puts the Skids under Footsie; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark MOVES by the London stock market to stretch the current bull run to 11 consecutive days, were running into headwinds today amid mounting speculation that the next move in interest rates will be up. They were marked higher...
Speculation over Rate Rise Puts the Skids under Footsie; Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark MOVES by the London stock market to stretch the current bull run to 11 consecutive days, were running into headwinds today amid mounting speculation that the next move in interest rates will be up. They were marked higher...
Spurs Star Defoe Locked Up for Night in Police Blunder over Driving Ban
Byline: Amar Singh TOTTENHAM Hotspur and England striker Jermain Defoe is set to sue the police after he was arrested and held in custody for five hours this morning following a computer blunder. The 26-year-old footballer was pulled over at...
Stagecoach Muscles in on National Express Bid
Byline: Nick Goodway THE battle for National Express heated up today as arch-rival Stagecoach revealed that it is in exclusive talks to buy parts of the business from the consortium which has made an indicative takeover bid for the ailing bus and...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 18 There have been far too many times in your life when you've half-listened to what others were saying. Bear this in mind now, or just when your mind wanders, people could be discussing facts that aren't just significant,...
The Games Will Bring Hope, Then Euphoria; the Olympics Offer a Unique Chance for Everyone to Be Involved, Says the Mayor, Starting with London's Host City Volunteer Project
Byline: Boris Johnson IN retrospect I think I made one false prophecy at the Beijing Olympic Games a year ago. I said that the euphoria would soon die down, and that the memory of Team GB's amazing success would start to fade. I predicted that public...
The Little Green Men Put Streatham on the Map
Byline: Lindsay Johns THE ALIENS have landed. And of all the places they chose to make contact, they chose Streatham, the quintessence of south London ghetto chic. Or so we thought following the highly publicised UFO sightings in the skies above...
THE OFFICE REDUNDANCY; in Hard Times Even the Most Loyal Workers Can Become Victims of the Imperative to Turn a Profit
Byline: Alain de Botton RECESSIONS tend to bring to light two awkward and entirely incompatible facts about offices: that they are about money on the one hand, and friendship and community on the other. Two very different imperatives co-exist...
The Propaganda Papers; London's Local Newspapers Are Being Squeezed out by a New Breed of Council Freesheets. and It Comes at a Huge Cost, Says Andrew Gilligan
Byline: Andrew Gilligan IMAGINE for a moment that you are Gordon Brown. Angry at the "negative" news agenda of the press, you spend large sums of public money to destroy it. You start several newspapers of your own, hiring experienced journalists...
THE RETURN OF GEEK CHIC; Pretty Young Things with Perfect Eyesight Know a Pair of Statement Glasses Gives Them Instant Highbrow Appeal
Byline: Liz Hoggard WHEN Lily Allen, 24, was pictured dining with Damien Hirst, 44, at Scott's restaurant in Mayfair last week in fake glasses it was delicious on so many levels. Lily's ex - Damien's friend and dealer, Jay Jopling, 46 - wears thick-rimmed...
Time to Step Back and Think about Insurance
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT GIVEN the importance to the UK of certain industries -- advanced engineering, pharmaceuticals, oil, education, health, banking and insurance being among them -- we should be alarmed at how infrequently we as a...
Time to Step Back and Think about Insurance; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton GIVEN the importance to the UK of certain industries -- advanced engineering, pharmaceuticals, oil, education, health, banking and insurance being among them -- we should be alarmed at how infrequently we as a nation take...
Underground Users Putting Manners on Right Track
Byline: Johnny Reed LETTER FROM SHANGHAI CHINA'S car sales last month were up 48% year-on-year. Even allowing for oil-price jitters a year ago, which might have put off a few buyers, that's a healthy increase. Government incentives and bank-induced...
Why Ken Felt City Hall Would Need a Guide to Frog-Snogging
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter CITY Hall staff ordered a bizarre set of self-help books in the run-up to the mayoral election, it has been revealed. The list includes titles such as In Search Of Excellence and The Science Of Influence:...
Worried Button Feels Heat from Webber in Title Chase; Brition Fears That His F1 Championship Dream Is Slipping Away as Red Bull Rival Continues to Close the Gap. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith Jenson BUTTon fears his Formula one world title dreams will slip through his fingers unless his team arrest the current slide. After six wins from the opening seven races, Button has failed to make the podium in the last three...
Worried Button Feels the Heat from Webber
JENSON BUTTON fears his Formula One world title dreams will slip through his fingers unless his team arrest the current slide. After six wins from the opening seven races, Button has failed to make the podium in the last three rounds, finishing...
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TICKETS Around nine million tickets will go on sale in mid-2011. Tickets will be priced according to expected demand and the most expensive will be for the athletics finals and the opening ceremony. However, Locog says it is committed to providing...