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Articles from November 14, 2011

100 Days after the Riots; It Caused [Pounds Sterling]100m of Damage, Terrified Residents and Brought the Capital to a Standstill in Early August. on the 100th Day since the Riots First Flared Up, Joshi Herrmann Talks to Four Londoners Who Were Caught Up in the Violence about How It Changed Their Lives; 100 DAYS ON 'THE RIOTS WERE MAD -- A THING THAT YOU MIGHT SEE IN A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT'
Byline: Joshi Herrmann MY HOME WAS DESTROYED MEHMET AKBASAK, 31, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, TOTTENHAM Riot act: It started on the Saturday. I dropped my wife off at Heathrow because she was going to Turkey for her uncle's funeral. At about midnight I...
24-Hour Party Fears over New Live Music Law
Byline: Rob Parsons A RELAXATION in the way live music events are licensed could lead to noise blaring out 24 hours a day at events such as the Notting Hill Carnival, it was claimed today. Kensington and Chelsea council is voicing "grave concern"...
A Faux Pas as Agencies Feel the Heat
Byline: James Ashton City Editor [bar] OR sheer bad timing, it is hard to top last week's announcement from Standard & Poor's. As the eurozone debt crisis rolled on from Greece to Italy, the credit ratings agency sent out a note indicating matters...
A Hotel Making Waves
DESTINATION ABU DHABI SIR Rocco Forte's first foray outside Europe is the 11-storey Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi. A departure from the hotelier's normal style of converting existing, often run-down buildings, the highly contemporary curved blue and...
Alastair Mckay's TV Choice
CONFESSIONS OF AN UNDERCOVER COP 9PM, CHANNEL 4 Director Brian Hill explores the story of Mark Kennedy, pictured, the undercover police officer who spent seven years infiltrating a group of environmental activists. Among the activities he took part...
All This Border Control Just Halts Progress
Byline: Sam Leith [bar] ELCOME to Britain, the deadly Australian redback spider! Welcome, too, you crazy ants and bigheaded ants, you pharaoh ants and ghost ants! Welcome, Argentine ants -- the unpleasantness over the Malvinas is forgiven -- and...
A Quality Education Is Affordable; Headlines Warning That [Pounds Sterling]9,000 a Year Fees Will Price Students out of University Should Not Deter Pupils from Taking a Degree. at London Met, Courses Start at [Pounds Sterling]4,500 a Year and Yet Students Go on to Earn More Than the Average Graduate. by Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth TODAY is National Student Finance Day, and following last week's student demonstrations, the focus will be on the issue of rising tuition fees. However, with a recent survey showing that many do not understand how the new...
BAA Refuses to Sell Homes It Bought in Heathrow Village
Byline: Mark Prigg Science Editor BAA was today accused of "breaking the heart" of residents in a village earmarked as the location for a third Heathrow runway. As the Labour party joined the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in declaring that...
Bolton Fund Down 31% in 'Brutal' China
Byline: Nick Goodway ANTHONY Bolton, the fund manager who gained thousands of fans over the 28 years he managed the Fidelity Special Situations fund, has not fared so well with his move to China. Today his Fidelity China Special Situations, which...
Calculated Brilliance
Byline: JACK MASSARIK STEVE COLEMAN Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 ANYONE who wears a baseball cap back-to-front must be a dunce, right? Wrong. Steve Coleman points his peak down the back of his neck, yet plays the most complex solo lines in jazz today....
Chelsea Knows I Was Right to Turn Her in for Looting and She Has Forgiven Me
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE mother of an Olympics ambassador jailed for looting during the London riots said today her daughter has forgiven her for reporting her to police. Talented athlete Chelsea Ives, 18, has started a two-year sentence...
Cometh the Hour, Cometh Our Star Award Presenters; LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS 2011
Byline: Alistair Foster and Louise Jury A GLITTERING list of guest presenters for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards is announced today. Romola Garai, Anna Chancellor and Dominic West, stars of the BBC drama The Hour, will be reunited as they...
Demands Keep Coming as Stelios Continues His Dogfight with easyJet
IT seems that the sky's the limit for Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Not content with wringing a maiden dividend from easyJet, now he has issued another set of demands to the management of the airline he founded. The tycoon wants Carolyn McCall, easyJet's...
Detective May Have Hacked for Mirror and Sun, Says QC
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent THE scale of phone hacking at the News of the World was like a "thriving cottage industry" and may also have been carried out for The Sun and Mirror, a public inquiry heard today. Robert Jay QC, opening...
Dive Time Itv Up 4% but Ads Face Festive Plunge
Byline: Gideon Spanier ITV may be sticking to tried-andtrusted programming with I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, which has just returned for an 11th series, but it showed today that is still a decent business. Revenues rose 4% to [pounds...
England Are Right to Go on the Defensive
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent IF England are indeed inferior in comparison to the main contenders for Euro 2012 then victory over Spain offered a possible template for a successful tournament against the odds. The reigning...
England Split Up to Prepare for Winter Schedule
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] NDREW STRAUSS and a group of England's best players will prepare for the tours of the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka by heading to training camps in...
Father of Murdered Milly at Opening of Hacking Inquiry
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent THE father of murdered Milly Dowler watched as a public inquiry began today into the phone hacking scandal. Bob Dowler sat with his head bowed as Robert Jay, counsel for the Leveson inquiry, outlined...
Five Convicted of Killing Gang Rival Aged 15
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent FIVE teenagers were convicted today of chasing a 15-year-old boy from his school gates and stabbing him to death in a gang-related attack. Zac Olumegbon was knifed in the heart and also had wounds to...
Fix This Euro Crisis with the Smack of Firm Government
Byline: George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer [bar] UROPE begins this week with more grounds for optimism than last week. New governments are forming in Greece and Italy committed to dealing with their debts and reforming their economies. However,...
For All His Faults, Fabio's Faith in His Young Lions Could Make England Roar
Byline: Jason Cowley [bar] T'S hard to believe, especially when you consider the abject World Cup campaign in South Africa, but Fabio Capello is statistically the most successful ever England manager, with a 67 per cent win rate. For all of his...
Free School to Teach Beatles Guru's Meditation Methods
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent CHILDREN as young as four will be taught transcendental meditation twice a day at a new free school in London. Followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught the technique to the Beatles, want to...
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Gone Bust
Byline: Emma McCarthy FIGURES show that when the economy dips, so do our necklines -- and those figures don't just refer to statistics. Look to any red carpet of late and it's clear many celebrities are cutting a curvier silhouette in frocks that...
'Held to Ransom' ... Commuters Facing Christmas Tube Strikes
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent TUBE train drivers today threatened Christmas strike chaos -- after demanding [pounds sterling]350 for working on Boxing Day. Members of the Aslef union, which controls more than half the Underground's...
Hooded Muggers Hold Knife to TV Star's Throat as They Steal His iPhone
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent DANCING ON ICE judge Jason Gardiner told today how he feared for his life when robbers held a knife to his throat during a terrifying mugging in Stockwell. Australian-born Gardiner, 40, who lives...
How to Become a Drop-Out and an Unqualified Success
Byline: Helen Kirwan-Taylor UNIVERSITY drop-outs once inspired our sympathy -- we worried not only for their limited futures and social isolation but also for their disappointed parents. Today not only are drop-outs the new celebrities -- Bill...
'If You Can't Share It, Then It's Less Valuable'
Byline: Gideon Spanier [bar] E ARE at a pivotal point for the public relations industry." So says Tim Dyson, boss of PR group Next Fifteen Communications, who claims many agencies will struggle to survive unless they make a far greater effort to...
I Gave My Kidney to Save a Stranger ... If I Do Nothing Else in My Life I've Done That Bit Right
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent A WOMAN today told how she decided to donate her kidney to a complete stranger to save a life. Helen Marston, 55, had 19 months of tests before she was given the goahead to become a live donor. "It...
Itv Up 4% but Christmas Ads Face Plunge to Earth
Byline: Gideon Spanier The Bushtucker trial Gold stars Revenues up 4% to [pounds sterling]1.52bn in nine months, outperforming wider ad market ITV Studios' external revenues up 9% to [pounds sterling]224 million Net debt to be wiped out by Christmas...
I Was Worried That I Was Going to Curtsey When Getting My MBE; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Phillips Idowu Triple jump star takes a break [bar] 'I 'M the sort of athlete who likes to use the off-season to get things out of their system and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. A lot of people get this perception that,...
Jordan King Tells Assad to Quit
Byline: Craig Woodhouse and Oliver Poole PRESSURE increased on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad today as the king of Jordan called for him to resign and Europe agreed fresh sanctions. "If Bashar has the interest of his country, he would step...
Jt Breaks Silence but Fa Prevent Race-R0w Grilling; It's My Duty to Front Up, Says England Skipper as He's Blocked from Talking about Ferdinand
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent THE Football Association today prevented England captain John Terry from speaking about allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. Terry insisted he was happy to "front up" to the media as he...
Jump to It; Trampolining Medal Hopeful Amanda Parker Shows Marie Winckler How to Get Fit to Bounce
Byline: Marie Winckler WHETHER it was summer days in the back garden or at the popular child's birthday party you went to, aged seven, most of us have a memory of bouncing up and down for hours on a trampoline. "When I was a child, I used to...
Lampard's on the Road to Banishing Nightmare of the 'Goal' That Wasn't
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent FRANK LAMPARD may have scored the goal that beat the world champions on Saturday but he is looking at Euro 2012 next summer to provide the cure for the darkest moment in his international career. No...
Lawrence Jury 'Must Not Know Much about Case'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent POTENTIAL jurors with a close or detailed knowledge of the Stephen Lawrence case were today banned from sitting on his murder trial jury. On the opening day of the Old Bailey trial Mr Justice Treacy introduced...
Lord Boateng's 'Arrogant' Son Jailed for Sex Assault at Party
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE party-loving son of Britain's first black Cabinet minister was today jailed for nearly four years for sexually assaulting a woman after a night of West End clubbing. Benjamin Boateng, 27, whose father...
Mallett the Man to Lift England out of the Doldrums, Says Smit
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent [bar] OHN SMIT, the World Cupwinning South Africa captain, believes Nick Mallett could revive England's rugby fortunes if Martin Johnson does opt to resign as team manager later this week, after less than...
Manchester Rioters Were Encouraged by the Met's Failure, Says Police Chief
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter SCOTLAND Yard was today blamed for allowing the summer riots to spread beyond London. Greater Manchester Police chief Peter Fahy risked anger from Met colleagues by suggesting his city could have been...
Merkel: Full Political Union Is the Only Way to Save the Euro
Byline: Russell Lynch GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel tightened her grip on Europe today as she warned that a convincing solution to the region's sovereign debt crisis would mean full-scale political union. Keeping all 17 nations in the single...
Merkel: Full Political Union Is the Only Way to Save the Euro
Byline: Russell Lynch GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel tightened her grip on Europe today as she warned a convincing solution to the region's sovereign debt crisis would mean full-scale political union. Keeping all 17 nations in the single currency...
MP Husband in Mr and Mrs Expenses Case Dies of Cancer
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter TRIBUTES to Labour MP Alan Keen poured in from across politics and sport today after he died from cancer. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised the Feltham and Heston MP as a "great fighter for...
Mr Osborne Warns on the Threat to the City
THE CHANCELLOR, George Osborne, writing on this page, is right to say that the biggest fillip the British economy could get just now would be a resolution of the eurozone crisis. He says that to bring this about, members of the currency must agree...
New Parking Charges 'Certain to Hit West End's [Pounds Sterling]50bn Economy'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A LEADING City forecaster today warned Westminster council chiefs of the "negative impact" of evening and weekend parking charges on the West End's [pounds sterling]50 billion economy. The first...
Nicola Roberts Talks Loud and Clear about Need to Tackle Online Bullying
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent GIRLS Aloud singer Nicola Roberts today called on the Government to crack down on bullying as she revealed how she coped with being labelled a "sour-faced cow" at the height of her fame. The 26 year old,...
NOW GET WITH THE iTOY STORY
Byline: Mark Prigg THE humble tin car could be an unlikely catalyst for the biggest hi-tech revolution the toy world has ever seen. Disney's Appmates initially look like a standard small toy car, similar to those Corgi introduced in 1958. In...
Now Lily Cole, Beauty with Brains, Adds Stage Musical Star to Her CV
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent LILY COLE, the supermodel with a double first from Cambridge, has brought the house down at the Old Vic with her new-found acting and singing talents. With only hours to rehearse, she added stagecraft...
Optimism Back in Fashion as Gloom-Mongers Lose Out
Byline: Simon English HAS the bull market in bearish stock market commentary peaked? For months both talking heads and pointy heads have been offering up Armageddon as a likely scenario -- end of the world begins tomorrow, send for guns and lawyers....
Osborne: City Tax Is Bullet to London's Heart
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor EUROPE'S plan for a financial transaction tax is "a bullet aimed at the heart of London", Chancellor George Osborne warns today. In his most outspoken rejection yet of the plan, he said it would be "economic...
Pippa Drops out of Society Ball after Boyfriend Jilts Her over Media Circus
Byline: Tom Harper PIPPA MIDDLETON has pulled out of a glittering City society event following her split from long-term boyfriend Alex Loudon. The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister was due to attend the Square Mile Masked Ball at the Royal...
Playing Thatcher Has Left Me in Awe of Her, Says Streep
Byline: Rob Parsons and Michael Howie MERYL STREEP told how she is "in awe" of Margaret Thatcher after being hailed for her portrayal of the former prime minister in a new film. Streep, in London to promote The Iron Lady before its release early...
[Pounds Sterling]100,000-a-Week for Modric If Spurs Finish in Top Four; Croatia Midfielder Is Delighted by Start to the Season and Is Set to New Club Record Contract Next Summer; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent TOTTENHAM are winning the fight to ensure Luka Modric commits his long-term future to the club with the midfielder set to sign a new contract in the summer. Standard Sport revealed in August the club...
[Pounds sterling]100K A WEEK FOR LUKA IF SPURS FINISH IN TOP FOUR
Byline: Simon Johnson TOTTENHAM are winning the fight to ensure Luka Modric commits his long-term future to the club with the midfielder set to sign a new contract in the summer. Standard Sport revealed in August the club are prepared to break...
Powell Delighted as Charlton Show Their Tough Side
Byline: Henry Swarbrick [bar] CHRIS POWELL believes Charlton's 4-0 win over FC Halifax in the first round of the FA Cup shows how much his side have evolved. The League One leaders last played Conference North opposition two years ago, when they...
'Romeo' Tests for Police Working Undercover to Stop Affairs with Targets
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor UNDERCOVER police will be given a "Romeo test" before assignments under plans intended to prevent them having affairs with their targets. An official report will recommend that each officer wanting to...
Russia Moves to Shield Syria
Byline: Oliver Poole RUSSIA today condemned the Arab League's decision to suspend Syria and accused Western countries of inciting opposition to President Bashar Assad's rule. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov attacked the suspension as "incorrect"...
Shame of Lansley's NHS Cover-Up
JUST four months ago David Cameron promised transparency. Now we see the Department of Health acting illegally to suppress information in the strategic risk review that should be available to the public. Andrew Lansley's bizarre defence is that...
So Much Love for Lewis as He Finally Hits Top Gear Again
Byline: Matt Majendie [bar] CLAREN team principal Martin Whitmarsh welcomed back the Lewis Hamilton of old as he romped to victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and backed the Briton to take the title fight to Sebastian Vettel next season. Vettel...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Byline: STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 19 Don't mistake the decision that certain plans simply won't work as an admission you've failed. Rather, it's an acknowledgement your time is better spent on more promising ventures. While at some point...
Tax 'Hit Squad' Turns Heat on 159 Restaurants in Evasion Crackdown
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor SCORES of London restaurants are being investigated by the taxman in a major crackdown on evasion, new figures reveal today. In total 159 in the capital and 531 nationwide have been targeted in...
THE TREND TO UNFRIEND; It's All Too Easy to Accumulate Hundreds of Facebook 'Friends'. Less Is More Now, Says Joshi Herrmann, and the Big Issue Is Who to Cull
Byline: Joshi Herrmann [bar] THERE are a couple of unbelievably enthusiastic girls in the US who seem to want to know 'what's up?' with all 18 members of the St John's College Choir every Monday morning at 11am," says Dom. He's a friend from university...
We're Being Railroaded into the Wrong Tube Link
Byline: Nick Curtis CONGRATULATIONS, said the leaflet from Treasury Holdings that plopped glossily through our door. The privately funded Northern line extension from Kennington to Battersea is going to bring untold riches to your unassuming part...
Westminster in 'War on Drivers'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Joe Murphy and Jonathan Prynn A TRANSPORT minister accused Westminster council today of waging "war on motorists" with new evening and weekend parking charges. In a dramatic escalation of the Government's attack on the...
You Won't Win a Thing Playing That Negatively, Says Fabregas
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CESC FABREGAS believes England are too scared to play attacking football and have little chance of winning Euro 2012. Spain lost for the fourth time since they won the World Cup last year as Frank...