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Articles from March 3, 2014

Anti-Racism Chief Slams 'Cynical' Sol over Timing of Attack on Fa; 'Captaincy Claims Have Some Validity but Campbell's Trying to Sell a Book'; Exclusive
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent KICK IT OUT chairman Lord Herman Ouseley today revealed his "cynicism" over Sol Campbell's controversial views on the Football Association but admitted the organisation may still be institutionally...
A Seedy Fringe like PIE Was a Sign of Its Times
Byline: Sam Leith SURELY we're missing the big picture here. We're exercised over whether Harriet Harman should apologise for having been involved with an organisation affiliated to a pro-paedophilia campaigning group (answer: probably, yes) as...
At Long Last, This Was a Night of Genuine British Triumph; CommentARY
Byline: David Sexton EVERY year, we do our best to celebrate British victories at the Oscars. Usually, that's an uphill task, requiring some optimistic self-deception. Not this year. This year, it's genuine. As we belatedly realised from the...
A Whole New Ball Game for TV in the Capital; A New TV Station Is Set to Hit Your Screens. Its Editorial Director Stefano Hatfield Presents 20 Things You Need to Know about the Birth of London Live
Byline: Stefano Hatfield 1 It was all Jeremy Hunt's idea. The then Culture Secretary proposed the introduction of a network of local television channels in 2009. Nineteen licences were awarded last year, including London Live. 2 Along came...
Banker Who Claimed His Wife Married Imposter Loses Divorce Court Battle
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent AN INVESTMENT banker who claimed an imposter had impersonated him at his own wedding has lost a bitter divorce battle in court. Former UBS employee Amit Goyal, 36, alleged his wife Ankita had "married...
Banker Who Said His Wife Wed Imposter Loses Divorce Battle
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent AN INVESTMENT banker who claimed an imposter had impersonated him at his own wedding has lost a bitter divorce battle in court. Former UBS employee Amit Goyal, 36, alleged his wife Ankita had "married...
Bitter Divide Laid Bare by Old Soldier's Fireside Tale
Byline: Kim Sengupta in Crimea "THERE were these young men, sitting in a bar, loud, drinking and laughing. One of them said, 'We are unlucky; if our stupid grandfathers had not won the war we would be drinking good German beer instead of this piss.'...
Boris Rules out Standing as MP in 2015 Saying 'I Already Have a Job'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BORIS JOHNSON today said he is not looking to stand as an MP at the 2015 general election. Asked to declare his intentions, the Mayor told LBC 97.3: "The answer is I'm sticking to my job I was elected to do...
Bubbling Over: Tea Craze from Taiwan Hits Soho
Byline: Danny Buckland THE thirst for bubble tea has sparked a business surge in London, with a string of new outlets selling the fruit and milk-based drinks. Companies and entrepreneurs are competing for prime sites in Soho as the craze spreads...
Cannot See the Tide Turning after Stroll along the Thames
Byline: Patrick Barclay on Monday GOING to Craven Cottage can be as near ethereal as football offers and 2.30pm on Saturday certainly felt like that. It was as if this curse of a winter had never descended. The clouds had gone and a dazzling...
Carney Blow as Business Lending Keeps on Falling
Byline: Russell Lynch BANK of England Governor Mark Carney faced a fresh setback today as another drop in loans to businesses overshadowed the latest figures from Threadneedle Street's flagship scheme to kick-start credit. The Bank's latest credit...
Children Sent for Secret Tuition as School Place Competition Grows
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent PARENTS in London are so anxious about securing a school place for their children they are sending them for secret tuition and refusing to share the names of tutors, experts said today. Children are...
Chinese Police Hunt Five after Knife Massacre at Train Station
Byline: Michael Howie SECURITY was being tightened in the Chinese city Kunming today as the authorities promised "all-out efforts" to catch those who carried out the mass knife attack that left 29 dead and 130 injured at a busy train station. ...
Cook Will Put Ashes Woe Behind Him, Says Coach
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent ALASTAIR COOK has taken only two days to convince his county coach Paul Grayson that he will have a spectacular summer for England. Cook's captaincy credentials have been questioned after a nightmare...
Court Interpreter Saw Crowds, Burst into Tears and Went Home
Byline: Alex Crawford in Pretoria IT'S 0630 and I'm in the middle of the quintessential African scene. A vast, groaning group of simple beasts is swinging across the landscape, apparently in search of a watering hole. The jacaranda trees are...
Do We Need More Immigration?
FROM 2003-2013, employment of UKborn people in Britain fell by about 100,000, whereas employment of the foreign-born rose by 1.8 million. The number of UK-born employees today is almost certainly lower than it would have been if immigration had been...
England Have Done the Easy Bit but Now Face the Real Test; World Cup Winner Neil Back Says That Bridging Gap to the Best Is a Huge Task
Byline: Chris Jones NEIL BACK today challenged England to prove they can reach a new level and become serious contenders at next year's Rugby World Cup. England's 13-10 victory over a vastly more experienced Ireland has left Stuart Lancaster's...
England Have Done the Easy Bit but Now Face the Real Test; World Cup Winner Neil Back Says That Bridging Gap to the Best Is a Huge Task by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones NEIL BACK today challenged England to prove they can reach a new level and become serious contenders at next year's Rugby World Cup. England's 13-10 victory over a vastly more experienced Ireland has left Stuart Lancaster's...
Evening Standard Is Up for Five Prizes at Top Journalism Awards
THE London Evening Standard has been nominated in five leading categories at the 2013 Press Awards. The recognition comes as the paper's circulation hits a record 900,000 from today and just 28 days ahead of the launch of its sister TV station London...
Evening Standard Is Up for Five Prizes at Top Journalism Awards
THE London Evening Standard has been nominated in five leading categories at the 2013 Press Awards. The recognition comes as the paper's circulation hits a record 900,000 from today and just 28 days ahead of the launch of its sister TV station London...
Fashion Forecast There's Raarely a Quiet Week in Fashion. Emma McCarthy Looks at the Days Ahead; Emma McCarthy
Byline: Emma McCarthy MONDAY LIFE IN MONO Parisians and monochrome go together like gin and tonic. So it's fitting that the latest collection from our high street's own homage to all things cross-Channel is entirely black and white. Launching...
FLORIDA AIR FARES RELIEF ON THE HORIZON; Simon Says
Byline: SIMON CALDER WE have been flying to Florida for several years, and accept there will be a small increase in fares year on year. However, prices seem to be PS100 more expensive than last year. The break point appears to be April 1: a flight...
'Foreign Tourists Alone Can't Keep West End Afloat'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE West End is in danger of becoming "hooked" on the spending of wealthy foreign tourists and needs to do more to appeal to Londoners and other British visitors, a report warns today. It says the...
GREAT WEB DESIGN GREAT BUSINESS; Digitally Savvy Customers Know What a "Good" Website Looks like. Your Home Page Will Never Fail to Impress with a Digital Marketing Partner That You Can Really Trust; ADVERTISEMENT PROMOTION
We are all increasingly digitally savvy and with millions of websites to visit, know exactly what we like when it comes to browsing online. Research conducted by Google has shown that most of us judge whether a website is beautiful or not in just...
'I HEARD TERRIBLE SCREAMS, THEN FOUR GUNSHOTS' AS OSCAR PISTORIUS GOES ON TRIAL FOR LOVER'S MURDER, WITNESS TELLS COURT:I Came to Court to Look Pistorius in the Eyes, Says Reeva's Mother
Byline: Justin Davenport, Benedict Moore-Bridger and Tom Peck in Pretoria THE trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was told today how a woman's screams and four shots were heard on the night his girlfriend was shot dead. University...
I'll Have a Skinny Coffini, Please; FOOD
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst ONCE upon a time, coffee was a solitary, domestic affair. It tasted like tar but our stoic forefathers relied on it as fuel for setting the world to rights. Then the next generation of nambypamby freelance whatsits was born...
International Pact Can Stop Putin
PUTIN has called the world's bluff in the Crimea, just as he did over Syria. Our first reaction must be to gather an international alliance. Under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum it falls to the US and UK to guarantee Ukraine's security and borders....
I've Got the Inspiration -- but How Do I Pick the Right Backer?
Byline: Ask James Caan Dear James I HAVE a great business idea but need backing. I find this area a tad confusing though -- how do I decide on picking an investor? Manuel THE entrepreneur-investor relationship is one of the most important aspects...
Jose in New Attack over Fixture Switch
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent JOSE MOURINHO has criticised the decision to televise Chelsea's match with Tottenham on Saturday night rather than Sunday afternoon. The derby comes just three days after most of Chelsea's squad are...
Low-Key Luxe and Super Tux; Last Night's Oscars Were a Triumph of Subtle Styling and Tidy Trousers Suits. Emma McCarthyreports on Why We Voted for Jared and Jennifer, Loved Lupita's Pleats and Fell for Pharrell
Byline: Emma McCarthy WHILE the Oscars usually serve as an excuse for Hollywood's A-list to flex their flamboyant fashion muscles, last night's ceremony was an altogether more restrained affair. In stark contrast to last year's celebration of all...
Magath: I Was Right to Drop Holtby
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent FULHAM manager Felix Magath has explained his surprising decision to drop Lewis Holtby against Chelsea on Saturday. Holtby was named on the bench at Craven Cottage despite being Fulham's best player...
Maldivian Makeover
DESTINATION THE MALDIVES THE chain of around 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean continually offers new ways to lure tourists to its white sands and luminous waters, from underwater nightclubs to golf courses (yes, really). In the Noonu Atoll,...
McIlroy Blows His 'Perfect' Opportunity for Classic Title
RORY McILROY hoped a good night's sleep would help him get over his nightmare at the Honda Classic, where he lost a play-off after an error-strewn final round of four-over-par 74. The world No6 led by three strokes after six holes at Palm Beach...
McQueen, the King of Oscars Night, Jumps for Joy; Londoner Picks Up Best Film Trophy as 12 Years and Gravity Steal the Show
Byline: Louise Jury and David Gardner THE British film industry celebrated a triumphant night at the Oscars, with 12 Years A Slave named best picture and Gravity scooping seven awards. Londoner Steve McQueen made history as the first black director...
Mean in; WORK; He's the World's Nastiest Boss, but You Can't Avoid a Sneaking Respect for House of Cards Megalomaniac Frank Underwood, Confesses Richard Godwin
Byline: Richard Godwin ANYONE who has devoured the second series of House of Cards will know that the Democrat congressman at its centre, Frank Underwood, is a conniving son-of-a-bitch. He is the Macbeth of South Carolina, the Keyser Soze of the...
Mother's Appeal to PM for Help in 'Tug-of-Love' Fight to Get Sons Back
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent A MOTHER whose two young boys are being unlawfully held in Russia today made a tearful plea to the Prime Minister for help bringing them home. Rachael Neustadt told the Standard she wanted to appeal to...
Mrs Carter Grows Up in Edgy, Intelligent Spectacle
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD BEYONCE O2 Arena, SE10 BEYONCE'S Mrs Carter tour rolled into London for six 02 sell-outs last April. Almost a year later, the tour rumbles on and she's returned for another six sell-outs, with a show revamped since she...
MRS CARTER GROWS UP IN EDGY, INTELLIGENT SPECTACLE; West End; REVIEW
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD BEYONCE O2 Arena, SE10 BEYONCE'S Mrs Carter tour rolled into London for six 02 sell-outs last April. Almost a year later, the tour rumbles on and she's returned for another six sell-outs, with a show revamped since she...
Murray Shows He Can Be Palace's Saviour as His Late Penalty Secures a Point at Swansea
Byline: Tim Lewis SWANSEA 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 1 IF Tony Pulis is to be believed, Glenn Murray could be the man to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League. It may be a bold claim from the Palace manager but if Murray's second-half display against...
No Surprise Pardew Lost His Head When the FA Have Such Little Power
Byline: Patrick Barclay on Monday THE trouble with discipline football-style is that, at the elite professional level where authority's moral duty is to set an example, it comes down like an ounce of feathers when a ton of bricks is required. That's...
Overstressed, Underweight and Self-Harming: The Dark Side of High Achievement; Are Public Schools Piling Too Much Pressure on Their Privileged Students? with Anxiety-Related Disorders on the Rise, Anne McElvoy Asks What Happens When Competition Goes beyond Books
Byline: Anne McElvoy HOW I envied those London day-school girls as a stateschool arriviste at Oxford. The poise, the cashmere jumpers (in an era before you could get them at Uniqlo) and most of all, the svelte figures and apparent cool that came...
Putin 'Masses Armoured Vehicles near the Border with Ukraine' EU Weighing Up Sanctions against Russia over Fears of Crimea Invasion
Byline: Joe Murphy, Nicholas Cecil and Joseph Watts RUSSIAN armoured vehicles were reportedly massing close to Ukraine's border today as William Hague declared it to be the "biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century". Shares plunged in Russia...
Rising from the Ashes of Disaster; GROWTH CAPITAL
Byline: Simon Neville PATRONA Founded: 2010 Staff: 15 Turnover: PS200,000 Business idol: Habitat founder Sir Terence Conran -- "He's a design icon and worked in such a diverse range of businesses, making it look so simple." ONLY hours...
Say Cheese! the Award for Most Star-Studded Selfie Goes To
Byline: Alistair Foster FORGET the statuettes. This year's Oscars were all about selfies, photobombs and takeaway pizzas. Ellen DeGeneres, hosting the awards for the second time, roped her A-list audience into a series of stunts, beginning with...
Shares Dive and Oil Price Soars on Ukraine War Fear
Byline: Russell Lynch THE growing threat of war between Ukraine and Russia sent global oil and wheat prices soaring today and triggered a headlong rush out of shares as investors sought bolt-holes from the crisis. The prospect of a shattering...
Slew of Stragglers Get the Jitters on Brink of Footsie Banishment; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Laura Chesters RISK of demotion from the benchmark index hung over bookie William Hill, industrial turnaround specialist Melrose Industries and struggling insurer RSA today. But sweetener group Tate & Lyle and engineering specialist...
Sock Stars; FASHION; Socks and Sandals Were the Unexpected Hit on the F'row during Recent Fashion Weeks. Emma McCarthy Warms to a Combination of Style and Comfort
Byline: Emma McCarthy THERE are times when -- no matter how low the degree outside -- a pair of tights just won't do. FASHION week is often one of those occasions. Despite the small matter that the current show season occurs in February, a...
Stars in 11th-Hour Fight to Save Music Pub; Landlady Fears Flats Plan Will Force Her Venue to Shut Down
Byline: Miranda Bryant LONDONERS were today urged to join a celebrity-backed campaign to support an east London pub and music venue facing closure. The George Tavern in Stepney, which is over 600 years old, has been under threat for eight years...
Suicide of 80s Singer Who Was Heartbroken by Partner's Death
Byline: Josh Pettit THE family of an Eighties pop singer who took his life weeks after his partner drowned on Hampstead Heath said her death had robbed his life of all "meaning and purpose". Matthew Fretton, 49, was left bereft after the body...
'TERRIBLE SCREAMS, CRIES FOR HELP, THEN 4 SHOTS?' AS OSCAR PISTORIUS GOES ON TRIAL FOR MURDER, A NEIGHBOUR'S EVIDENCE:I Came to Court to Look Him in the Eyes, Says Reeva's Mother
Byline: Justin Davenport, Benedict Moore-Bridger and Tom Peck in Pretoria THE trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius heard today how "blood -curdling screams" and then four shots were heard on the night his girlfriend was shot dead. University...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
The only place a senior railcard can be put onto an Oyster card is at a Tube ticket office. I updated mine at Oval on Saturday. Can Boris tell me what we are to do when he closes Tube ticket offices? Malcolm Howard The last show at the Aldwych theatre,...
The Gardening Show for People Who Don't Even Have a Garden
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor AN "EDGY" gardening show for London's young "generation rent" who may have no more green space than a window box is being launched on Hampstead Heath this summer. The three-day GROW London show...
The Savage History Behind the Crimean Crisis
Byline: Alan Philps WITH its strategic position dominating the Black Sea and its unstable ethnic mix, it's not surprising that the Crimea is often called a tinderbox. It has long been central to Russia's sense of itself as a great naval power even...
These Migrant Figures Are Good for Our Economy; the Tories' Stringent Target for Net Migration Could Damage London's and Britain's Prosperity
Byline: Vince Cable Business Secretary LONDON illustrates the broadly positive impact of immigration on Britain. Thirty-four per cent of the city's population is foreign- born. In the capital, successive waves of migrants have provoked a negative...
Time to Budget for a Depressing Glimpse of the Fiscal Future
Byline: CITY COMMENT Hamish McRae WE are on the glide path to the Budget, now just over two weeks away. This will be the last substantive one before the general election next year, for the March 2015 Budget will really be no more than an election...
Tim's Tinkering Is Putting Spurs' Season in Jeopardy; Sherwood Should Stick to 4-3-3 System after Making Life Far Too Confusing for His Baffled Players by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse TOTTENHAM 1 CARDIFF 0 TIM SHERWOOD was supposed to bring simplicity to Tottenham's football after the occasionally tortuous approach of Andre Villas-Boas, yet he is in danger of making things a little too complicated....
Titter Feed; Bruce Dessauon the Gigs, Gags and Gaffes from the World of Comedy
Byline: Bruce Dessau Why are all the chatshow hosts men? Michael McIntyre has said that from the moment he started to speak he felt his conversations should be televised. He has finally got his wish, thanks to BBC1's The Michael McIntyre Chat Show...
Trees Shook as Media Herd Stormed in; LETTER FROM PRETORIA
Byline: Alex Crawford IT'S 0630 and I'm in the middle of the quintessential African scene. A vast, groaning group of simple beasts is swinging across the landscape, apparently in search of a watering hole. The jacaranda trees are shaking in Pretoria...
Ukraine and Russia: It's Time for Diplomacy
TODAY Russia is militarily in control of the Crimea. Airports are under Russian control; army bases belonging to the Kiev government are surrounded. Yet all this is happening with the support of much of the Russian-speaking majority there. The Russian...
Vertonghen Tells Spurs Players to Step Up If They Want Top-Four Spot
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent JAN VERTONGHEN says Tottenham must improve on recent performances to stay in contention for Champions League qualification. Spurs laboured to a 1-0 win against Cardiff at White Hart Lane yesterday...
Victims of the Knife Gang Ambush; Police Baffled by 'Ferocious' Murder of Two Friends as They Sat in Car
Byline: David Churchill and Justin Davenport THESE are the two men who were ambushed in their car and stabbed to death in a "ferocious attack" by a gang wielding knives and baseball bats. Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, were killed...
Viking Warships Sail in for British Museum Show
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent NEW Viking discoveries never before seen in public go on show this week as the British Museum opens a major show on the famous pillagers. The star exhibit is the surviving timbers of a 37-metre Viking...
Visible Presence in the Community; Advertising Feature; Being a Police Officer Is about Being out There in the Community, and as the Face of the Met Police You Need a Unique Range of Skills. So Do You Have What It Takes? PC Michael Wallace Talks about His Role
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH PRESENCE is a big thing. You have to be out there, in the community," says Michael Wallace, a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service, or "the Met". Having grown up in London, he now works in the borough of...