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Articles from March 22, 2010

'A Civil Rights Act of the 21st Century' -- Obama Wins Health Care for All
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor BARACK OBAMA secured the first major political triumph of his presidency today after Congress finally passed his historic health care Bill. More than a century after universal health coverage was first...
'Aggro', the Matalan Murderer, Gets Life
Byline: Rashid Razaq A GANG member who stabbed a store manager to death during a botched raid was given a life sentence today. Kobina Essel, 19, of east London, was told he would have to serve a minimum of 20 years for murder. Jamie Simpson,...
Arriva Takes off as Hopes of Bidding War Start to Flourish; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin HOPES that a bidding war will break out for Arriva sent shares in the buses and trains operator surging today. Arriva, which owns the Cross Country rail franchise and runs some of London's buses, put on 8p to 7131/2p --...
Bankers Deserve Norman's Darts; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton ARCHIE NORMAN, recently appointed chairman of ITV and one-time Tory MP, generated a headline for himself over the weekend with his assertion that the economic crisis the country faces today is greater than the one inherited...
Bell Strikes the Right Note with Rallying Cry
Byline: Tom Collomosse Sports Correspondent IAN BELL urged England to go for the jugular against Bangladesh tomorrow after his 10th Test century gave the tourists a narrow first-innings lead in Dhaka. Bell's 138 was the first time in his Test...
Boroughs Failing to Build Enough Affordable Homes
Byline: Katharine Barney ONLY two London boroughs have built enough affordable homes to match demand, a report published today reveals. Shelter's housing league table claims that nearly all councils are failing to deliver a sufficient number...
Boy, 16, Saves Woman Hit by Car with Kiss of Life
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A BOY of 16 was described today as a "remarkable young man" by the woman whose life he saved with the kiss of life as she lay unconscious in the road. Jamie Hemingway stepped in as a group of adults stood by unsure what...
Breakthrough for Our Drive to End Baby Burial Shame; THE DISPOSSESSED COUNCIL WITH WORST RECORD ON PAUPERS' GRAVES SIGNS UP TO CAMPAIGN
Byline: David Cohen THE Evening Standard's campaign to end the scandal of children being buried in mass graves took a major step forward today when a key borough vowed to end the practice. Southwark, which last year buried 72 babies in "paupers'...
Broker Icap Pulls out of European and Asian Shares
Byline: Nick Goodway MICHAEL SPENCER'S financial broking firm Icap today declared it is pulling out of stockbroking in European and Asian shares, putting 114 jobs at risk. The businesses, which lost a combined [pounds sterling]25 million in the...
Brown Accused of Byers Lobbygate 'Cover-Up'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GORDON BROWN today refused to order a Government inquiry into claims that Stephen Byers made secret deals with ministers for companies. However, the Prime Minister was immediately accused of...
Care Hopes That England Find a Cure for Their Tense Headache; after Failing to Win a Third Tight Contest in a Row, Scrum-Half Says Team Must Learn from France to Get Killer Touch
Byline: Chris Jones DANNY CARE'S satisfaction at emerging as England's first-choice scrum-half during a difficult Six Nations is tempered by the team's repeated failure to win tight matches. France showed on Saturday in edging out England 12-10...
'Cover-Up' Charge as Brown Refuses Lobbygate Inquiry
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GORDON BROWN today refused to order a government inquiry into claims that Stephen Byers made secret deals with ministers for companies. However, the Prime Minister was immediately accused of...
DICKIE BOW FEVER; It's Thumbs Up from the New Doctor Who for the Latest Nerdy Neckwear. Mark Walton-Cook Passes Judgment
Byline: Mark Walton-Cook WE'VE been holding out for a sartorial change in the world of men's neckwear for some time. And this Easter it will arrive, championed by the timetravelling Matt Smith, the new Doctor Who sporting, by the young actor's own...
Divorce Battle Alarms Family Friends
Byline: Rashid Razaq BILLIONAIRE friends of a property tycoon who claims to have lost his [pounds sterling]400 million fortune could cut off their financial aid after being drawn into his bitter divorce battle. It comes after Topshop boss Sir...
Don't Raise Tax for Wealthy in Budget, Firms Tell Chancellor
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON business chiefs today called on Alistair Darling to use this week's Budget to get tougher on spending cuts and rein in tax rises on the better-off. They said tax increases were already making the capital...
Don't Raise Tax for Wealthy in Budget, Firms Tell Chancellor
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BUSINESS chiefs today called on Alistair Darling to use this week's Budget to get tougher on spending cuts and rein in tax rises on the better-off. They said tax increases were already making London less attractive...
Fabregas and Wenger United in Their Belief That Season Will Have a Silver Lining
Byline: James Olley CESC FABREGAS today insisted he never stopped believing Arsenal could end their trophy drought this season after the Gunners stayed within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester United with their 2-0 victory over West...
Fans on the Web
Don't get me wrong, Lampard is a great player and will always be remembered as a legend but I think next season Chelsea need to find a suitable replacement for him. He is starting to wear out and and doesn't influence the game like he used to. noseblock22,...
First Jose, Now Grant's out to Stick the Boot in; Former Boss Can Follow Mourinho by Landing a Telling Blow on Deflated Chelsea in a Crucial Match at Fratton Park. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson BLACKBURN 1 CHELSEA 1 AFTER Chelsea suffered the agony of seeing one former manager end their hopes in Europe this month, Avram Grant has the opportunity to put a dent in their title aspirations. The ghost of Jose Mourinho...
Forget Europe's Sneers, We're Still a Fashion Capital
Byline: Rosamund Urwin WE HAVE been branded badly dressed Britain. Our little island may boast Central St Martins and Savile Row but our European cousins have decreed us the worst nation of sartorial sinners. More poorly dressed even, according...
Friends Back Away from Helping Couple in [Pounds Sterling]400m Divorce Battle
Byline: Rashid Razaq BILLIONAIRE friends of a property tycoon who claims in a bitter divorce battle to have lost his [pounds sterling]400 million fortune could cut off their financial aid. It comes after Topshop boss Sir Philip Green was revealed...
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Growing Up Fast in a Modern World; Dance
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANZA CONTEMPORANEA DE CUBA Sadler's Wells, EC1 EVERY time a Cuban troupe visits London, we wonder wide-eyed how the island produces so many great dancers. The oft-quoted explanation is that dance is part of Cuba's soul and...
Harry Carpenter, the BBC's Voice of Boxing, Dies at 84
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent BBC boxing commentator Harry Carpenter has died at the age of 84, it was announced today. Carpenter was the BBC's voice of boxing for almost half a century after joining the corporation in 1949,...
Help on Its Way to Boost Quality HR; Public Sector People Management Gets a Professional Boost from an Organisation Focused on Boosting Services Provided. Sarah Richardson Finds out More
Byline: Sarah Richardson THE incoming president of the organisation which serves and represents professional interests of members who work in human resources within the public sector has identified upskilling the workforce as one of his key drivers....
How London's Drivers Fumed over 370,000 Road Repairs in the Past Year
Byline: Mark Prigg and Jonathan Prynn A "PERFECT STORM" of road digging is bringing misery to millions of London drivers, a Standard investigation reveals today. A record 370,000 sets of roadworks means that the equivalent of each of the capital's...
I'll Be Bankrupt If You Back Pre-Nups, Husband Tells Judges
Byline: Rashid Razaq A UNIVERSITY researcher faces bankruptcy if his multi-millionaire heiress wife wins a landmark Supreme Court case to have pre-nuptial agreements recognised in Britain. Nicolas Granatino, 38, today appealed to the highest...
Is It a Case of Writer's Revenge for Freddie? Londoner's Diary
LET'S hope that Prospect editor David Goodhart does not read the last part of Frederic Raphael's Glittering Prizes trilogy, Final Demands, serialised on Radio 4 with Tom Conti. For if he does he will find a portrait of a pompous, gauche, slow-witted,...
Is Martin Mcdonagh's New Play Racist? I Have a Question
Byline: MARK RAVENHILL THERE are bullets currently firing across Broadway. Esteemed critic Hilton Als last week accused British playwright Martin McDonagh's new work, A Behanding in Spokane, of racism. Writing in the New Yorker, Als (an African-American)...
ITV Pins Hope on Politicians to Axe Advertising Curbs; ON ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Byline: Gideon Spanier ITV is not breaking out the champagne just yet, but new chairman Archie Norman must be pleased. Tough regulations which control the price of advertising on Britain's biggest commercial terrestrial broadcaster could be swept...
Mikel: Fight or We're out; Star Fears Axe Will Fall This Summer If Chelsea Don't Rescue Faltering Title Bid
Byline: writes Simon Johnson JOHN OBI MIKEL today admitted the entire Chelsea squad are playing for their futures after a damaging draw at Blackburn put another huge dent into their title hopes, writes Simon Johnson. Didier Drogba's strike was...
Muscling in on Church Schools Is Just Stealing
Byline: Sam Leith PHILIP Pullman is getting hate mail from Christians, apparently, warning that the royalty on his new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, will be "eternal damnation". Well, hard on Mr Pullman. But it's at least...
Olympics Fans Will Get an Extra 800,000 Tickets to Watch Games
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent AN extra 800,000 tickets have been made available for the London Olympics and Paralympics, 2012 chiefs announced today. They urged the public to sign up now for the chance of a seat as they revealed...
Olympics Fans Will Get Extra 800,000 Tickets to See Games
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent AN extra 800,000 tickets have been made available for the London Olympics and Paralympics, 2012 chiefs announced today. They urged the public to sign up now for the chance of a seat as they revealed...
Opening Time for Historic Brewery That Was a Tonic to Greenwich's Old Sailors
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent AN old brewery at one of Greenwich's most historic sites has been brought back to life and is set to start serving beer made to ancient recipes. Master brewer Alastair Hook, 46, is using a building...
Policeman's 'Victim' Refuses to Testify; Woman Sold Story Via Max Clifford. but Won't Give Evidence at Trial
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A WOMAN allegedly beaten by a police officer during the G20 demo in the City today refused to give evidence against him in court. Nicola Fisher, 36, was seen by millions on YouTube and TV being struck...
RBS May Be Darling's Nice Surprise
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT ERIC DANIELS, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, was criticised by some ingrates last week for announcing a marked improvement in his bank's fortunes. They were complaining because when the bank published...
Road Pollution 'Kills 5,000 a Year in London'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent MPs today called for a transport revolution to stop thousands of Londoners dying prematurely each year because of traffic pollution. A report from the Commons environmental audit committee...
Shock as Rio Tinto Four Admit Taking China Bribes
Byline: Simon English RIO Tinto's top executive in China today pleaded guilty to bribery charges, a shock development in a trial being closely watched by corporations across the world. Stern Hu, an Australian, and three Chinese citizens admitted...
Show Some Respect to BA Crew
BA is not on the verge of financial collapse. Over the past decade, it has made massive profits, up to a record [pounds sterling]800 million in 2008. As a prestige carrier, its passengers are much more fickle during a downturn than those of budget...
Smalling Is Calling for a Bit Extra; Fulham Defender Insists His Side Can See off Spurs in Cup Clash despite Signs of Fatigue in Their 50th Match of Season
Byline: David Smith FULHAM 1 MANCHESTER CITY 2 CHRIS SMALLING believes Fulham can still carry the fight to FA Cup rivals Tottenham this week, despite evidence in a defeat against Manchester City yesterday that suggests his side may at last be...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Don't think that just because disputes over who's in charge of certain pivotal decisions have died down, they've been resolved. Rather, you've been distracted and so have others. Say nothing...
Strictly Star Mourns 'Race Victim'; Laila's Cousin Drowns in River
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A COUSIN of Strictly Come Dancing's Laila Rouass who drowned in the Thames may have been killed in a racist attack, his family claimed today. The body of Ibrahim Gharib, 20, was pulled from the Shadwell Basin, near Garnet...
Stunning Stitches Back in Time; Exhibition
Byline: PHILIPPA STOCKLEY QUILTS: 1700-2010 V&A, SW7 IN 1841, 180 female prisoners set sail on HMS Rajah for Australia supplied, by social reformer Elizabeth Fry, with big bags of printed cotton. On the trip they made the pretty, though technically...
Ted Hughes Will Take His Place in Poets' Corner with Auden and Eliot; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent TED HUGHES is to join the great names of British literature in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, has decided that Hughes should be honoured...
The Depressing Truth Is We Must Fund Party Campaigns
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor THE general election campaign is underway and already the political arguments are being lost in a welter of accusations and counter-accusations about the sources of each party's campaign donations. It's entirely...
The Do-It-All Phone Is Just over the Horizon; Tech Know
Byline: BY MARK PRIGG IT could be bad news for the wallet and purse. Mobile phone makers are preparing to start selling phones that can act as your credit card and Oyster card, and even open your front door. The technology has already been...
The Government Needs to 'Fess Up about Why It Nationalised B&B
HERE'S a curiosity: we still don't know how Bradford & Bingley came to be nationalised. We've had details of the processes that affected Northern Rock and we have a good idea of what happened when Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS were rescued. ...
THE GREAT ESCAPE ROUTE; Five Thousand Young Londoners Are Finding There Is More to Life Than Toiling in Soulless but Lucrative City Jobs, Says Victoria Stewart
Byline: Victoria Stewart YOU'D have thought they'd be clinging on for dear life. But there's a new breed of highflying twentysomethings who, having taken up jobs in the Square Mile, are now planning to ditch their desk jobs in order to live the...
The Party Elected to Clean Up Sleaze Learned Nothing; Labour Pledged a Fresh Start after the Major Era. So How Has It Proved Itself to Be Even Dirtier?
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona YOU know that nothing has changed and nobody has learned anything when even the metaphors remain the same. In the "cash for questions" scandal of the mid-Nineties, Mohamed Fayed was famously told that you "rent an MP like...
The Rules: How to Succeed as a Cheesecake Wizard by Philip Weldon
Byline: Interview by Victoria Stewart PHILIP Weldon, 50, set up The English Cheesecake Company in 1992 before being joined by his business partner, Alan Laurier, six years later. Having left school at 17, Weldon started work at McDonald's and by...
This Victory Proves the President Is about More Than Just Stirring Oratory; ANALYSIS
Byline: Paul Waugh AFTER all the jibes that Barack Obama's slogan was fast becoming "No, we can't", the President finally has a victory worth shouting about. Yet as he exchanged high-fives with his aide Rahm Emanuel, the feeling of relief in...
Tiger Pleads with Fans to Turn Jeers into Cheers When He Plays Masters
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Paul Thompson TIGER Woods used his first television interview since his shameful private life was exposed to ask fans to cheer for him when he makes his golfing comeback. The billionaire sports star said he was "nervous"...
Weisz: I Want to Do a Play Every Year; Film Star Vows to Stay Loyal to the Stage as She Wins First Olivier
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent RACHEL WEISZ said today she would like to be in a play every year as she celebrated winning the first Olivier Award of her career. She said the best actress prize, for her role as Blanche DuBois in...
WE'LL SILENCE HAMMERS; WOLVES BOSS McCARTHY DESPERATE TO HEAP PRESSURE ON ZOLA AFTER OPENING-DAY TAUNTS
WOLVES manager Mick McCarthy has hit back at West Ham ahead of their Premier League clash at Upton Park tomorrow night and warned his team are no longer a soft touch, writes Andrew Hodgson. McCarthy was particularly upset at the reaction to the...
Who Would Be a Cameron Cutie, or Even Just a MoD (Mate of Dave's?); as the Election Looms Ever Closer and Dozens of Tory Dinosaurs Are about to Become Extinct, Who Are the Shiny New Faces Who Will Sit Behind Dave? It Seems Cameron's Mates Are in for Some Hefty Competition
Byline: Anne McElvoy IT'S A hard road to hoe in your high heels and Mulberry Maggie bag, a route strewn with grumpy locals and the internecine fight of top London professionals for the plum seats that would accompany a Cameron win in May. The...
WIN AN iPOD TOUCH; CODEWORD
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number 1 online entertainment retailer, this 8GB iPod touch lets you enjoy everything you love about an iPod, and then some. Watch your films, videos and TV shows on a brilliant 3.5 inch display or use the revolutionary...
Win or Bust for Ancelotti's Men at Portsmouth
Byline: Michael Hart WHATEVER the other implications, it's impossible to avoid the fact that the two points squandered by Chelsea yesterday means that Manchester United are now in firm control of the final stages of the tightest Premier League title...
WITH A LOT OF BOTTLE; It's Not Enough to Be Just a Pub Any More. Smart Bars Are Inviting Artists in to Make Their Mark, Says Jasmine Gardner
Byline: says Jasmine Gardner TRIPS to the loo on a night out in the pub are not well known for being a cultural experience. "Jesus saves -- but Moses invests" is probably the most creative thing you've ever discovered while hovering over the seat...
Woman 'Hit' by Policeman in G20 Demo Snubs His Trial
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE woman allegedly assaulted by a police officer in the G20 demonstrations today refused to go to court to give evidence against him. Nicola Fisher, 36, was said to have been struck by Sergeant Delroy...
You Can Be Sure of One Thing: The Budget Is Anyone's Guess
UNTIL Wednesday afternoon we will not know for sure what is in the Chancellor's Budget. It's worth pointing this out because we're being told with confidence what he will say. The truth is: very few people have any real idea. But what is clear from...