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Articles from January 25, 2013

100 Young Lives Transformed in Just 100 Days
Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor LADDER FOR LONDON Evening Standard Campaign IT IS not yet 100 working days since the Evening Standard launched our initiative to tackle youth unemployment but for more than 100 young people the search for a job...
'A Judiciary for Our Times Needs More Women and Minorities'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil talks to Helen Grant equalities minister THE POLITICAL INTERVIEW JUDGES should set a target to tackle the lack of women in senior judiciary posts, equalities minister Helen Grant urged today. In an interview with the Evening...
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THE LAST STAND Cert 15, 107 mins AN attempt to restart Arnie's action career (he's been away, don't you know), this adventure boasts a simple plot, fast cars and big guns. Schwarzenegger's a small-town sheriff trying to deal with a Mexican drug kingpin...
Andy Proves He's Not a One-Slam Wonder
Byline: Dan Jones LIKE The Wire's Omar Little said: you come at the king, you best not miss. This time, Andy Murray didn't miss. He beat Roger Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam today, to book his spot in an Australian Open Final against...
Azarenka Faces Frosty Final as Critics Slam Her Time-Out Antics
Byline: Paul Newman in Melbourne FOR all their winner-takes-all approach to sport, the public here have a high respect for fair play and sportsmanship, which is likely to ensure a frosty reception for defending champion Victoria Azarenka in tomorrow's...
Ballboy at Centre of Kicking Storm Tweets about 'Crazy 24 Hours'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE ballboy kicked by Chelsea star Eden Hazard in a time-wasting row broke his silence today to tell of his "crazy 24 hours". Charlie Morgan, 17, became the most famous ballboy in the world as thousands took to...
Ballboy at Centre of Kicking Storm Tweets about 'Crazy 24 Hours'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE ballboy kicked by Chelsea star Eden Hazard in a time-wasting row broke his silence today to tell of his "crazy 24 hours". Charlie Morgan, 17, became the most famous ballboy in the world as thousands took to...
Berbatov's Power Cut without a Supply Line
Byline: David Smith AS MARTIN JOL steels Dimitar Berbatov for a testing return to Manchester United, the Fulham boss has admitted to feeling pangs of regret that he cannot match his star striker's goalscoring prowess with the creativity of former...
Beware the Scots, Warns Rowntree
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent ENGLAND coach Graham Rowntree sees something very familiar when he analyses the threat posed by Scotland in next week's opening Six Nations clash at Twickenham. The visitors are favourites to repeat their...
Boris Aims to Attract Carla Bruni and Foreign Investors to the Capital
Byline: Joe Murphy and Pippa Crerar BORIS JOHNSON today issued a public challenge to George Osborne for a multi-billion-pound splurge on major infrastructure schemes to boost the London economy. In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos,...
Brentford's Man from Bradford Eyes His Own Upset; In-Form Striker Donaldson Says His Hometown Club's Exploits Have Given Him Belief the Bees Can Stun Chelsea
Byline: Tom Collomosse IF BRENTFORD are seeking reasons to believe they can produce one of the most notable FA Cup shocks of recent times, they need look no further than the results of Clayton Donaldson's hometown club. Donaldson has hit 19 goals...
Britain Heading for a Triple Dip
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Jonathan Prynn and Pippa Crerar BRITAIN is tumbling towards a historic triple-dip recession, official figures revealed today. The economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012 as the boost from the Olympics...
Britain Is Heading towards a Historic Triple Dip Recession
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Jonathan Prynn and Pippa Crerar BRITAIN is tumbling towards a historic triple dip recession, official figures revealed today. The economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012 as the boost from the Olympics...
Britain Must Embrace the EU
DAVID Cameron's call at Davos for corporate tax avoiders to "wake up and smell the coffee" is at odds with his call to renegotiate Britain's terms of EU membership to make them more "flexible". Given that much tax avoidance is due to multinationals...
British Airways' Owner Takes off as It Calms Spain Unions
Byline: Laura Chesters DOORS to manual and cross-check -- shares in IAG are taking off. The British Airways owner has managed to placate irate Iberia unions to negotiate a restructuring plan for its struggling Spanish airline. There had been...
British Banks Are Still Failing Customers, Watchdog Warns
Byline: Nick Goodway BRITAIN'S banks received a fresh blow today as the consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, said they were still failing to be competitive enough and not focusing on customers' needs. The OFT held back from the ultimate...
British Banks Are Still Failing Customers, Watchdog Warns
Byline: Nick Goodway BRITATIN'S banks received a fresh blow today as the consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, said they were f still failing to be competitive enough and not focusing on customers' needs. The OFT held back from the ultimate...
Bulldozers Move in as Protesters Move out at Playground
Byline: Emer Martin and Mark Blunden BULLDOZERS moved in today at an adventure playground occupied by protesters. Workmen took chainsaws to the slide and diggers broke up climbing frames at Battersea Park playground to end the three-week occuption....
Chelsea's Form Hard to Stomach for Cahill as He Insists Players Have Not Lost Their Hunger
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent GARY CAHILL today denied Chelsea R players have lost their appetite for winning trophies since lifting the Champions League in May. Chelsea have looked a shadow of the side that fought their way to...
Don't Panic -- Steady Eddie Is Way to Go
Byline: Simon English WHISPER it, but the spread-betting game isn't all glamour -- fast cars and faster bets. Forget the stereotypical image of the bloke with four phones on the go who measures a long-term hold in minutes rather than months: diving...
Dvd and Blu-Ray Releases
HOLY MOTORS (Artificial Eye, cert 18, Blu-ray/ DVD) A French drama that starts to make sense only towards the end, after Kylie Minogue has sung us a song, just part of a mad mix of situationist vignettes featuring the physically amazing Denis Lavant...
Fergie Delight as He Finally Seals [Pounds Sterling]15m Zaha Move; Zaha Finally Completes United Move
Byline: Giuseppe Muro WILFRIED ZAHA today completed his [pounds sterling]15million move to Manchester United but will remain at Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old winger has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract...
Fury at [Pounds Sterling]350,000 Cut from Westminster's Arts Funding
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent ONE of London's wealthiest boroughs plans to axe its entire [pounds sterling]350,000 arts commissioning budget. A report to Tory-controlled Westminster council's budget task group proposes a halt to all...
Hard Times Ahead -- but Don't Give Up
TODAY'S growth figures which show the economy shrank slightly in the last three months of 2012, by 0.3 per cent, are neither very dramatic nor wholly unexpected. They do, however, cast a pall over the economic outlook. We know already that unhelpful...
Haunting Performances and Ghostly Shocks
Byline: henry hitchings THE TURN OF THE SCREW Almeida Theatre, N1 HAUNTED children feature in lots of films. Think of The Sixth Sense ("I see dead people") or The Shining. But they are less often seen on stage, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz's adaptation...
Here's What Makes Cantor Index a Front Runner in Bet Stakes
How did Cantor Index come about? Cantor Fitzgerald, the parent of Cantor Index, was founded by Bernie Cantor and John Fitzgerald in 1945 as a bond brokerage and investment banking house. Cantor Index was created to provide stiff competition to a...
How to Be a Twitter Hitter
Byline: David Smyth IF this year's NME Awards nominations are anything to go by, the long-form blogs bubble has burst. A prize dedicated to the more extensive networking medium has been discarded in favour of a trophy for Best Twitter. The battle...
I Feel Sorry for Paul but That Won't Stop Me Trying to Kick Him When He's Down
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent MANAGERIAL stability has been a cornerstone of Millwall's recent success but Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is under pressure to save his job after just six months in charge. Millwall host Premier League...
I Feel Sorry for Paul but That Won't Stop Me Trying to Kick Him When He's Down; MILLWALL BOSS JACKETT SAYS THERE'S NO ROOM FOR SENTIMENT
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent MANAGERIAL stability has been a cornerstone of Millwall's recent success but Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is under pressure to save his job after just six months in charge. Millwall host Premier League...
Kyle's Programme Specialises in Offering DNA Tests and Lie Detectors to His Guests, Who Are Harvested from Sink Estates to Be Insulted and Humiliated at Will
Byline: Victor Lewis-Smith MANY years ago, I befriended an extraordinary and thoroughly dysfunctional family -- not because I actually liked them but because being in their presence was as exhilarating as receiving a chilli enema while standing...
Laudrup Is a Shining Light as Hazard Warnings Are Ignored on a Descent into Darkness
Byline: James Lawton Award-winning columnist IT WAS hard to know which was the more shocking, the half-baked ambition of a 17-year-old ballboy to shape events or the frustration of the multi-millionaire footballer who put the boot into him. Eden...
Let a Little Retail Therapy Cheer Your Bets Strategy
Byline: Russell Lynch THE remains of HMV, Jessops and Comet strewn across a bloody High Street battlefield offer salutary warnings for the intrepid spread better eyeing profits from retail stocks this year. Not so long ago, HMV was worth a billion...
Man Hunter; Jessica Chastain Is Unmissable as a Ruthless CIA Agent on a Mission to Capture Osama Bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow's Explosive Revenge dramaFILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: David Sexton ZERO DARK THIRTY Cert 15, 160 mins MARK Boal and Kathryn Bigelow, the writer and director of 2009 Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, were already in preproduction on a film about the unsuccessful hunt for Osama bin Laden, when...
Mayor Calls for Spending Splurge to Boost London
Byline: Joe Murphy and Pippa Crerar BORIS JOHNSON today issued a public challenge to George Osborne for a multi-billion-pound splurge on major infrastructure schemes to boost the London economy. In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos...
Mayor Supports Stansted Hub as 'Easiest' Solution
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor STANSTED airport emerged as Boris Johnson's favoured option for a new international hub for the South-East today. Sources close to the Mayor admitted he accepted expanding the Essex airport would be "the...
Met Boss: Our War against Terror Rules out Foreigner Taking My Job
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor BRITAIN'S most senior policeman has questioned plans to allow foreign police chiefs to run Scotland Yard, because of its role in fighting international terrorism. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe spoke out as the Government...
Murray out to Make History Again after Crushing Federer
Byline: Paul Newman in Melbourne FOUR months after overcoming Novak Djokovic to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title for 76 years, Andy Murray will attempt to make another piece of history by beating him here on Sunday...
New Tube; Do You Want to Earn Thousands a Month from Your Bedroom? Join London's YouTube Revolutionaries Who Are Taking on TV and Winning Says Tom Cheshire, Associate Editor of WIRED
Byline: Tom Cheshire LATE on a Thursday night, Jamal Edwards is sitting cross-legged on the floor of Ed Sheeran's south London flat, about to interview him. Sheeran is exhausted after a flight back from the US but feels he owes a lot to Edwards,...
Offices Are Immersed in Ruthless Water Cooler Wars
Byline: Lucy Tobin AND so we approach the last week of having to listen to friends and colleagues moaning about the tyranny of dry January. The sponsorship forms are doing one last round -- seriously? It's tough to look down on charitable giving...
Olympic Nurses Race to Save Hospital Services in Lewisham
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent NHS nurses who starred in the Olympics opening ceremony are to lead a mass rally against cuts at a London hospital. Dozens will reunite in protest at plans to axe the A&E department and maternity...
Partner of Woman Who Felt Their Son's Cot Death Was Her Fault, Tells Why She Then Killed Herself
Byline: Lindsay Watling A FATHER today spoke of his devastation after his partner hanged herself after she had wrongly believed she was responsible for the cot death of their newborn son. Belinda Danino, 36, a consultation manager at Transport...
Pay Attention There -- Do One Thing at a Time
Byline: Nick Curtis RIGHT, the big news this week is that multitasking is ... hang on, let me just get that. Sorry. A report from the University of Utah has shown that the very concept of multitasking is a sham, invented by nitwits to disguise their...
[Pounds Sterling]1.5m Bill to Move Mayor Policing Office
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor LONDONERS face a [pounds sterling]1.5 million bill for relocating staff at the Mayor's office for policing and crime. Boris Johnson is breaking the lease on the Dean Farrar Street base occupied by the office...
Power to the President
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan LINCOLN Cert 12A, 150 mins TAL T KY heroes are rare at the movies. Talky heroes prepared to bamboozle their fellow countrymen are positively an endangered species. In Spielberg's latest historical epic, it's January...
Redknapp: No One Will Be Leaving until We Bring in Players
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent QUEENS PARK RANGERS boss Harry Redknapp today insisted he won't let any players leave the club while they are trying to make signings. Redknapp is frustrated at missing out on a number of targets,...
Respect to the Sisterhood; THEARE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEARE DI AND VIV AND ROSE Hampstead, NW3 GRUESOME PLAY GROUND INJURIES Gate, W11 EDWARD HALL'S spritely new-broom regime at Hampstead continues to flourish, with this first transfer of a play from the experimental Downstairs...
Rosler: Blues Cup Woes Makes Our Task Tougher
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent UWE ROSLER believes Brentford would have a better chance of causing a shock on Sunday if the FA Cup wasn't Chelsea's only realistic chance of silverware. Chelsea began the season with seven trophies...
Rosler: Blues Cup Woes Makes Our Task Tougher
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent UWE ROSLER believes Brentford would have a better chance of causing a shock on Sunday if the FA Cup wasn't Chelsea's only realistic chance of silverware. Chelsea began the season with seven trophies...
Samsung Profits Reach Record but Competition Intensifies
Byline: Gideon Spanier SAMSUNG today saw shares drop despite record profits of [pounds sterling]4.2 billion as the South Korean giant warned of slowing demand and pressure on prices due to fierce competition in the smartphone and tablet market this...
Shard View -- Drawn from Memory
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent FOR most of us the devil is in the detail, especially when it comes to what we remember. But autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire has made it into an art form. He turned his forensic eye to the view from...
Shock 0.3% Slide in GDP Gives Sterling a Hammering
Byline: Russell Lynch STERLING took a fresh pounding on the currency markets today as a far worse-than-expected 0.3% slide for the economy between October and December shocked the City. The latest decline drove the pound lower as traders bet...
Solving London's Housing Problem
RECENT stories in the Evening Standard highlight the total absence of a coherent strategy for housing. This week's Policy Exchange report calls for the construction of more low-rise and low-cost housing. At the same time the destruction of the lowcost,...
Stopping Iran's Progress to Nuclear Arms 'Is Netanyahu's Top Priority'
Byline: Martin Bentham in Tel Aviv BENJAMIN NETANYAHU is to make Iran his top priority amid renewed signs that Israel is ready to launch a military strike to stop Tehran gaining nuclear weapons. Officials say the Israeli prime minister is determined...
Strings and Soprano in Unison; CLASSICAL
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY AIR FROM ANOTHER PLANET Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 nick kimberley FOR some people, Schoenberg is the composer who, almost singlehandedly, drove a wedge between classical music and its audience. His voyage into uncharted harmonic...
Teachers 'Will Not Be Fired for Criticising Gay Marriage'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor TEACHERS can express disapproval of gay marriage -- provided they do not do so in an offensive manner, Culture Secretary Maria Miller claimed today. Her comments came after it emerged that Education Secretary...
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Tim Burgess @Tim_Burgess The Charlatans frontman is funny, with a broad range of interests, and can be relied upon to share great music -- Tim's Breakfast Banger and Tim's Top Two at Three -- at the same time each day. And he makes virtual drinks....
Two Ways to See the Darker Side of Russia
Byline: A Londoner's Diary Evgeny Lebedev TENSE times chez Lebedev again as my father's spurious court case looms large. Yesterday he appeared at Moscow's Ostankinsky court for the first day of his trial for so-called politically motivated hooliganism....
United Seal [Pounds Sterling]15m Deal for Zaha but He Stays at Palace
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent WILFRIED ZAHA today completed his [pounds sterling]15million move to Manchester United but will remain at Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old winger has signed a five-and-ahalf-year...
UP FOR GRABS; Olympic Bronze in London Capped a Summer to Remember for Robbie Grabarz but There Are Still New Heights to Be Scaled This Season. Matt Majendie Reports
Byline: Matt Majendie WHEN Peter Eriksson's name appeared on the screen of Robbie Grabarz's mobile phone at the start of this week, his instant reaction was he had done something wrong. "My first thought was, 'I'm in trouble here'," says Grabarz...
War Leader Hollande Is Now More Rambo Than Custard Flamby
Byline: John Lichfield LETTER FROM ... PARIS OUR gentle, indecisive President is having a good war. Flamby (his nickname, borrowed from a kind of custard pie) has turned into Rambo, or at least Ramby. Satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine used...
We Can Bank on You, Goldman's Tells Its Blossoming Apprentices
Byline: David Cohen ladder for london Evening Standard Campaign AT 9am on any given Thursday, Sana Babar would typically be fast asleep. The 19-year-old from Tower Hamlets would eventually emerge at about 11am and spend the day grinding out job...
We Love Pride and Prejudice but Could Not Live in Its World
Byline: Melanie McDonagh ON Monday it's the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice so we're in for a flurry of bonnets and Grecian gowns, commemorative stamps, conferences and a special BBC Netherfield Ball, the one where Elizabeth...
Wenger: Axe the Transfer Window
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER today called for the January transfer window to be scrapped, claiming it can give certain clubs an unfair advantage. Arsenal are scouring Europe in a bid to sign two players before...
Wenger: Axe the Transfer Window
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER today called for the January transfer window to be scrapped, claiming it can give certain clubs an unfair advantage. Arsenal are scouring Europe in a bid to sign two players before...
Why I'd Rather Be in Snowy Dagenham Than Slushy Davos; NOT IN DAVOS City Life
Byline: Simon English CITY Life this week comes from Not In Davos. We're absolutely anywhere else, but if you had to pick a place it would be inside the offices of City firms full of people who didn't make it to this Swiss hellhole, a desperate...
William Should Be Able to Join Harry on the Frontline, Poll Says
A MAJORITY of Britons agree with Prince Harry that Prince William should be allowed to serve in Afghanistan. A YouGov poll today found that 60 per cent were in favour of allowing William to serve in a war zone, with 28 per cent opposed and 12 per...