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Articles from January 15, 2013

Ajax? I Was Right to Pick Bees over De Boer and Bergkamp
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent NOT many players turn down Ajax in favour of a move to Brentford. But that's exactly what Harry Forrester, arguably the most exciting prospect in League One, did. The 22-year-old spent three weeks on...
Amplats to Axe 14,000 Jobs in Face of a Swing into Red
Byline: Jamie Dunkley ANGLO American Platinum (Amplats) today unveiled a radical overhaul of its structure in a move likely to cost 14,000 South African workers their jobs. The world's largest platinum producer said it will cease production at...
Banks Slammed for 'Rip-Off' Rate Cuts That Hit Millions of Savers
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor BANKS today came under fire for "ripping off " customers by slashing interest rates on savings while keeping the cost of borrowing too high. Andrew Bailey, a senior official at the Bank of England,...
Billy Joins Brother at Sarries after 'Pressure from Family'
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent LONDON WASPS claimed today their No8 Billy Vunipola had been put under family pressure to join brother Mako at Saracens next season. Director of rugby Dai Young also expressed his dismay at Wasps losing...
Bond Gets a Shot at Our Film Awards; 007 Blockbuster Up against Two Low-Budget Hits for Movie of Year
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE most highly praised James Bond blockbuster for years will go head to head with two low-budget critical hits in a David and Goliath battle at the Evening Standard British Film Awards next month. ...
Cameron's Euro Policy Will Have Chilling Effect on Jobs, Warns Clegg
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor JOBS and growth could be endangered by the "chilling effect" of David Cameron's attempts to redefine Britain's place in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned today. Opening a major divide in the Coalition...
Christians Can Wear a Cross at Work, Says Human Rights Court
Byline: Martin Bentham and Miranda Bryant CHRISTIANS today won the right to openly wear a cross at work in a major ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The decision centres on a part-time member of British Airways' check-in staff from...
Convinced Your Boss Is a Psychopath? You Could Be Right -- Some Will Do Whatever It Takes to Succeed
Byline: Richard Godwin MOST of us, in the course of our professional lives, have had cause to complain that our boss is a psychopath. Perhaps she screamed in your face because you booked her into the wrong spa? Perhaps he pretended that he had cancer?...
Define London, a City Unique in Its Differences
Byline: Sarah Sands WHAT does Britain stand for in the world? According to the early 20th-century American academic Felix Adler, it was noblesse oblige, just as Germany stood for efficiency and America for the uncommon element in common man. A sign...
Draw on Life's Experiences to Master Success; an MBA Can Transform Your Career Prospects Particularly If It Equips You with the Language, Mindset and Skills to Go to the Next Level. Niki Chesworth Finds out How University of Bedfordshire Business School Can Help
Byline: Niki Chesworth MANAGERS are rarely presented with opportunities to manage, according to the academic models and theories taught in business schools," says Dr Sonal Minocha, dean of the University of Bedfordshire Business School. "Instead...
Drugs Cheat Armstrong Finally 'Owns Up' to Oprah
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles LANCE ARMSTRONG has apparently confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to help him win the Tour de France. According to sources in the US the disgraced cycling superstar made the...
Drugs Cheat Armstrong Finally 'Owns Up' to Oprah
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles Lance Armstrong has apparently confessed to f Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to help him win the Tour de France. According to sources in the US the disgraced cycling superstar made...
England Deserve to Host World Cup More Than Any Nation, Says Klinsmann
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent wORLD CUP winner Jurgen Klinsmann wants England to stage the tournament again in recognition for the Football Association bringing "credibility" to the game. The FA poured [pounds sterling]21million...
England Deserve to Host World Cup More Than Any Nation, Says Klinsmann
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent wORLD CUP winner Jurgen Klinsmann wants England to stage the tournament again in recognition for the Football Association bringing "credibility" to the game. The FA F poured [pounds sterling]21million...
Enter Joe Wright
Byline: Nick Curtis JOE Wright desperately needs a fag. It's prize-giving season and the Islington-born director's bold film of Anna Karenina, starring his regular muse Keira Knightley, is nominated in the Oscars and Baftas and has today been shortlisted...
'Firefighter Said My Family Were OK but They Died after Flats Blaze'
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A FATHER whose wife and children were killed in a tower block inferno told today how a firefighter wrongly informed him they were safe. Rafael Cervi told an inquest the blaze at Lakanal House in Camberwell...
For France, Mali Is a Quagmire in the Making
Byline: Nabila Ramdani ANYONE who assumes that President Francois Hollande's biggest problem in life is celebrities leaving France to avoid his proposed top tax rate of 75 per cent should turn their attention to the developing war in Mali. In...
Harry's Chelsea Garden Tribute to His Mother Is Saved at the 11th Hour
Byline: Emer Martin and Jonathan Prynn PRINCE Harry was "devastated" after a sponsorship deal for his charity's Chelsea Flower Show garden appeared to have fallen through, its designer said today. Gold medal-winning Jinny Blom, who masterminded...
Has the PM Got the Guts to Change Our Crazy Drug Laws?
Byline: Simon Jenkins MY FIRST task as a young journalist was to cover the "midnight queue" outside Boots in Piccadilly. A pathetic line of heroin addicts would wait for the clock to strike 12, then troop in for the new day's prescription. It...
HMV Customers Told Vouchers Are Worthless
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Jaymi McCann HUNDREDS of shoppers were today told that their HMV gift vouchers were worthless after the chain collapsed into administration. Shoppers who rushed to stores this morning to spend the cards after hearing...
'I Fought to Revive My Daughter, 2, Hanged by Blind Cord'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE wife of one of Britain's wealthiest men told an inquest today how she tried to save her two-year-old daughter when she accidentally hanged herself in a roller blind cord. Alexandra Lucy Hoegh died after being...
I'll Return to Capital, Says US Student Hurt in Death Crash
Byline: Josh Loeb AN American student injured in a horrific car crash that killed a young mother told today how she was making a good recovery -- and said the experience would not put her off returning to the city. Amy Werner, 23, suffered head...
I'm Living a Dream Now I've Designed Cycling Kit for Sir Bradley Wiggins
Byline: Jasmine Gardner JOINING me at the door of Rapha HQ, the cycle clothing and accessories brand's offices in Kentish Town, is a man delivering a crate of champagne flutes. I'm here to see the company's chief executive, Simon Mottram, so I step...
In Law, Women Are a Wasted Resource
OF COURSE new Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is right to want to break the glass ceiling so that women have the opportunity to sit around the boardroom table in equal numbers with men. However, the biggest challenge in the legal profession...
ITV a Turn-On for the City as Advertising Exceeds All Forecasts
Byline: Laura Chesters PUNTERS were tuning into ITV shares today as square-eyed analysts reckon the ad market is getting stronger. Experts at UBS claim the TV ad market is having a better start to the year than expected. UBS' Tamsin Garrity has...
Kane and Able: London Designer to Join Global Elite after Deal with Luxury Giant
Byline: Karen Dacre and Jonathan Prynn A DALSTON-BASED fashion designer favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and actress Carey Mulligan has been snapped up by the conglomerate which owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. The deal,...
King Attacks Plans by Bankers to Pay Lower Tax on Their Bonuses
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Jonathan Prynn and Simon English BANK of England governor Sir Mervyn King today attacked banks for considering delaying bonus payments to allow their staff to pay less income tax. "I find it a bit depressing that people...
Lessons in Leadership from the Queen of the Doddington Estate
Byline: David Cohen BATTERSEA Park Road in Wandsworth is the border. To the north are the multimillion-pound mansion blocks of Prince of Wales Drive, to the south loom the overcrowded tower block estates where 10,000 people, mostly single parent...
Let's Not Scare off Foreign Investment
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment ALITTLE before Christmas, I suggested to a group of FTSE 100 chairmen that if they believed in Britain's continued membership of the European Union, they would need to become vocal in public in support of it....
London's Best Gym Deals
Byline: Susannah Butter At the end of their busiest month, gyms are facing a crackdown from the Office of Fair Trading. The watchdog is expected to take action on contracts longer than 12 months that don't contain a get-out clause and cheat in the...
London's Chillin'; FASHION; Stylish Londoners Are Taking the Cold Snap in Their Stride with Full-On Attitude, Colour and Practical Flair. Emma McCarthy on How to Wrap Up En Vogue
Byline: Emma McCarthy January." R is just not a whole lot of fun. With Christmas a distant memory and the entire nation left skint, sober and swallowing healthy eating advice instead of mince pies, it's no surprise it's one of the most unpopular...
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Byline: Jasmine Gardner FOR most of my life I have tried, repeatedly, to grow my hair long, without success. It's what I have always wanted (because I can't have it, of course), but the furthest my fine brown tresses have ever got is the base of...
Luther Star's Next Role Is DJING at Kilburn Nightclub
leave their shoes at the front door. Why? Because I like feet. Simple tips. "I'm not going to say I'm the best DJ in the world. But I know how to throw a good party. Driis, Idris Elba, whatever you want to call me, presents a night at Love &...
Mastering Professional Aspirations; Combining the Academic Rigour of a Postgraduate Qualification at the London South Bank University Business School with Practical Experience Could Be a Winning Combination, as Niki Chesworth Discovers
Byline: Niki Chesworth discovers ADVANCING up the career ladder increasingly requires a professionally accredited postgraduate qualification. Whether you work in HR, accounting or marketing, or want to progress into management, regardless of the...
Met Special Constable Killed in Kenya after Bandits Saw Police ID
Byline: Justin Davenport and John Dunne A SCOTLAND Yard special constable was shot dead on a charity trip to Kenya when bandits ambushed his bus. Jamal Moghe, 26, who also worked as a civilian employee of the Met, was riddled with bullets during...
Midfield Is the Central Problem Jol Must Tackle to Stop the Slide
Byline: David Smith Sports Correspondent FULHAM know the muted jeers that greeted Saturday's dismal draw with Wigan will turn into a chorus of dissatisfaction should they be dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship side Blackpool tonight. Historically,...
Mobile Mugging in Just 2 Seconds
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent THEFTS of mobile phones are rocketing, with more than 300 being stolen in the capital every day. And as these dramatic pictures show, it only takes seconds for the mobile muggers to strike. A man...
Mourinho's No 'Professor' of History Game
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay THE accomplished politician in Jose Mourinho emerged this morning as the Football Association issued a statement from him lauding the English game, to which he is pledged to return. "To say congratulations...
Paint Trophy Is Fine but Slade's Eyeing a Bigger 'Pot'
LEYTON ORIENT are just one tie away from Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy but Russell Slade insists the FA Cup remains high on his priority list this season, writes Giuseppe Muro. The JPT Southern Area Final against Southend next month provides...
Pippa's Got a Brand New Bag; It's a Cunning Stunt -- Name an Accessory after a Star and Sales Go through the Roof
Byline: Rosamund Urwin AS a more revered writer once asked: "What's in a name?" For a handbag manufacturer, the answer can be a place in the spotlight and millions of pounds of sales. Christen your latest piece of arm candy in honour of the right...
Playing for England Is Surreal but I Deserve to Be in the Squad
Byline: Mihir Bose MAKO VUNIPOLA cannot understand why anybody should question his right to play for England. The Saracens prop could have followed his father, Fe'ao, and six uncles and played for Tonga. He could also have chosen the world's...
PLAYING FOR ENGLAND IS SURREAL BUT I DESERVE TO BE IN THE SQUAD; THE BIG INTERVIEW MAKO VUNIPOLA; New Zealand-Born Prop of Tongan Origin Is Having Too Much Fun with the Red Rose to Worry about Questions over His Background
Byline: Mihir Bose EXCLUSIVE MAKO VUNIPOLA cannot understand why anybody should question his right to play for England. The Saracens prop could have followed his father, Fe'ao, and six uncles and played for Tonga. He could also have chosen the world's...
Remy Set for QPR but Has Escape Route If They Drop
Byline: Simon Johnson LOIC REMY was finalising an [pounds sterling]8million transfer to Queens Park Rangers today but the striker will be sold in the summer if the club are relegated. It is understood that his [pounds sterling]80,000--week deal...
Soaring Energy Bills Stoke Up Inflation for Pressed Households
Byline: Russell Lynch THE latest hammering for millions of households from soaring gas and electricity bills kept the cost of living stubbornly high last month, figures showed today. The Bank of England's consumer prices index stood at 2.7% for...
Speed Is the Essence as Reinforced Andy Runs Prey into the Ground
Byline: Dan Jones IT WAS over before he had really broken sweat. An hour and 37 minutes would not get you to the end of most Hollywood blockbusters these days but that was all the time it took for Andy Murray to glide past Robin Haase in straight...
Tate Britain to Show 'French Roots' of Lowry Matchstick Men
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent INDUSTRIAL artist LS Lowry might have seemed a quirky northern original but his work is in the tradition stretching back to the French Impressionists, according to curators of a new Tate Britain exhibition....
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Tiger Impressed That Rory Has Kept His Eye on the Ball
Byline: Kevin Garside IF anyone knows what Rory McIlroy has gone through to become a fullyfledged sporting superstar then it is Tiger Woods. Just five years after turning professional and with two Majors in the bag, McIlroy will become one of...
Tiger Impressed That Rory Has Kept His Eye on the Ball; Woods Praises His New 'Team-Mate' for Not Letting Attention Damage His Game. by Kevin Garside in Abu Dhabi
Byline: Kevin Garside in Abu Dhabi TIGER STILL LEADS THE WAY RORY MCILROY, 23 TIGER WOODS, 37 Northern Ireland United States 1 World ranking 2 Sept 2007 Turned pro Aug 1996 Starts: 17 Wins: 2 Major record Starts: 60 Wins: 14 2005: First pro tournament...
Time to Hope That Villepin Is Finally Wrong with His Warnings against War
Byline: John Lichfield REMEMBER Dominique de Villepin? He was the handsome, arrogant French foreign minister who led a diplomatic revolt against the USBritish invasion of Iraq in 2003. Villepin said that the toppling of Saddam Hussein would cause...
Time to Hope Villepin Is Finally Wrong with His Warnings against War
Byline: John Lichfield REMEMBER Dominique de Villepin? He was the handsome, arrogant French foreign minister who led a diplomatic revolt against the US-British invasion of Iraq in 2003. Villepin said that the toppling of Saddam Hussein would cause...
Tragic Mother Tells of Fight to Save Life of Daughter, 2, Hanged by Roller Blind Cord
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE wife of one of Britain's wealthiest men told an inquest today how she tried to save her two-year-old daughter when she accidentally hanged herself in a roller blind cord. Alexandra Lucy Hoegh died after being...
TYCOON: MY WIFE HAS HIRED EIGHT DETECTIVES TO TRAIL ME; HUSBAND IN [Pounds sterling]400M DIVORCE BATTLE CLAIMS HEALTH IS SUFFERING; 'Husband Pleads Poverty despite Evidence He Lives a Lifestyle of Considerable Wealth'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A PROPERTY tycoon at the centre of one of Britain's biggest divorce cases claimed today he was under constant surveillance by eight private detectives hired by his estranged wife. Scot Young, 51, said...
UK Troops 'Must Not Become Bogged Down on Mali Mission'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Peter Allen in Paris MINISTERS are to pave the way for British troops to train the army in Mali amid warnings that they should not become "bogged down" in a long conflict. Europe minister David Lidington will ask MPs...
UK Troops 'Must Not Get Bogged Down on Mali Training Mission'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Peter Allen in Paris MINISTERS are to pave the way for British troops to train the army in Mali amid warnings that they should not become "bogged down" in a long conflict. Europe minister David Lidington will ask MPs...
Unsettled Willian Is Back on the Radar for Chelsea and Spurs
Byline: Tom Collomosse SHAKHTAR DONETSK will consider selling Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham this month but they will demand about [pounds sterling]20million for the Brazilian playmaker. Willian is the star of the Shakhtar side who qualified...
Unshaven Murray's Bristling with Aussie Aggression
Byline: Paul Newman reports from Melbourne ANDY MURRAY insisted he felt no different going on court today as a Grand Slam champion but the world No3 delivered a performance that spoke volumes for the confidence generated by his US Open victory....
Ways to Ease the Long Climb to a Home Loan
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE average first-time buyer spends 10 years and 10 months trying to get on the property ladder in London -- a figure that has risen from just 11 months for those looking to own their first home in 1995. It means buyers in...
We Risk Losing Influence in the EU
NEITHER of the strategies for Britain's future relationship with the EU that the Prime Minister hinted at yesterday look promising. The idea that the current Whitehall audit of EU powers will lead to winnable bids for a new British optouts is born...
Why It Pays to Look before You Leap
Byline: Niki Chesworth IMAGINE that you have landed an exciting and challenging new executive job but it then does not work out for whatever reason ... the management team changes, the business decides it needs to restructure or your role is no...
Win a Gourmet Getaway for Two; Mini Codeword
How to play Mini Codeword: Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. Yesterday's solution: MOUSTACHE. THE CLUES 835472...
Workers Win the Right to Wear a Cross
Byline: Martin Bentham and Miranda Bryant CHRISTIANS today won the right to openly wear a cross at work in a major ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The decision centres on a part-time member of British Airways' check-in staff from...