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Articles from August 19, 2004

50 Killed in Battle for Sadr Stronghold
Byline: PAUL SIMS MORE THAN 50 people are thought to have died in new fighting between American forces and Iraqi troops in Baghdad. US troops have made advances into the mainly Shia area, Sadr City, a stronghold of the radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada...
Abbey Deal to Stir the Bid Pot
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON A FEW weeks ago I said in this column that the best solution for Abbey National and British banking would be for it to become a virtual bank running on someone else's infrastructure. Now word reaches me of an outline deal...
Alarming Scale of London's Sex Trade
Byline: REBECCA MOWLING A MAJOR report today reveals the astonishing scale of the sex industry in London. Researchers spent six months gathering information. Their study reveals: . More than 8,000 women work as prostitutes in "off-street"...
A-List at the Top of a Record Year
Byline: TIM MILES Two years of hard work paid off for thousands of teenagers across the country today. Record A-level results saw boys catching up with girls for the first time in four years. Among the successes were Birmingham twins Joseph...
And It's Still Raining; Yet More Chaos as Deluge Cripples the Tube
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ;DICK MURRAY IT WAS less than an inch of rain falling in a couple of hours but once again much of London came to a halt. No fewer than five Tube lines were either closed or faced severe disruption and today five stations...
An Udder Fine Mess
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Boys with Breasts Channel 4 UNTIL scientists locate and remove the gullibility gene from homo sapiens, even the cleverest among us can fall easy prey to a rip-off disguised as a bargain. Years ago, small ads in...
A Star Who's Staying Here
Byline: NICK RODDICK BEND It Like Beckham certainly proved a scoring opportunity for most of those involved. Director Gurinder Chadha went on to her Britain-meets-Bollywood extravaganza, Bride and Prejudice, which is due soon. And star Parminder...
Athens Shunned by Sponsors in Favour of Beijing's Big One
Byline: STEVE HAWKES THE Greek organisers of Athens 2004 have already endured the Kostadinos Kenteris drug affair and suffered the embarrassment of seeing rows of empty seats at their major venues. Now it appears the Olympic Games are being overlooked...
Blair Backs Down on Invite to Iraqi Leader
Byline: JASON BEATTIE TONY Blair today abandoned plans to invite Iraqi leader Iyad Allawi to address the Labour party conference. The Prime Minister backed down after advisers warned that the move would reopen party divisions on Iraq. The...
Boy Killed by Joyrider as He Picked Conkers
Byline: BO WILSON JAMIE HUSSEY was a typical 13-year-old who dreamt of becoming a footballer. His mother did not think twice when he told her he was going out to collect conkers. Minutes later he was left for dead in the gutter, the victim of...
Boys Work out a Way to Narrow Gender Gap
Byline: TIM MILES;PAUL SIMS BOYS are fighting back in the academic battle of the sexes. Four years after being overtaken by girls in A-level success, this year's results show that for the first time since then they have narrowed the gender gap....
Campbell So Relieved His Injury Scare Was Just a False Alarm
Byline: IAN CHADBAND DARREN CAMPBELL today revealed how he feared his Olympic dream was over earlier this week when he suffered an injury scare at the British team's Cyprus training base. Team GB's best hope for a sprint medal at the Games was...
Chasing Seventh Heaven
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S batsmen were aiming for more of the same at The Oval today as they tried to set up win No 7 in this summer of sweet success. The old ground had a fresh new look to it with the ambitious redevelopment scheme at the...
City Spy
INVESTMENT bankers are agog with talk of the Great Goldman Sachs Trainer Theft. City Spy's man in Lycra tells of a shocking incident recently at The Fitness Exchange, the American bank's state-oftheart gym in its Fleet Street headquarters. An unworldly...
Coming from Such an Ordinary Family, I Never Dreamed That I'd Become a Senior Judge; LONDON JOBS.Co.UK Mrs Justice Hallett, Known to Friends as Heather, Rose from Humble Origins to Become One of Our Most Successful Judges. Here She Explains How She Did It Secret of My Success
Byline: YASMINE GIBSON IF SOMEONE had told me at school that I would end up a High Court Judge I would have laughed in their face. I never dreamed I would get this far - I came from an ordinary family, not a middleclass or privileged one. My...
Cruise Control
Byline: MIKE GOODRIDGE He is supposed to be promoting his new film, Collateral, but Tom Cruise is more interested in talking about Scientology. Will his new openness about his beliefs affect the fanbase he works so hard to cultivate? THERE...
Don't Let Snoopers Take over Our Lives
Byline: TIM LOTT DESPITE the fact that information commissioner Richard Thomas has warned that we are " sleepwalking into a surveillance culture", most people remain remarkably indifferent to the idea that we might be drifting in to a 1984-style...
Don't Let the Wrong Results Derail Your College Career; Poor Grades Don't Have to Spell the End of Your University Aspirations. Philip Edwards Looks at the Ways to Get Your Academic Dream Back on Track
Byline: PHILIP EDWARDS SO THE worst has happened. After all that hard work - or perhaps not enough of it - your A-level grades are not what you were hoping for. But where do you go from here? The good news is that it's not quite time to give...
Duff Comeback Is Sure to Chuff Jose
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY DAMIEN DUFF completed 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland last night despite doubts about his recovery from a dislocated shoulder. The Chelsea winger was not involved for his club last Sunday as head coach Jose Mourinho...
Eco-Friendly Biofuels May Be Kind to Investors Too
Byline: MICKEY CLARK AIM newcomer Biofuels has something for everybody. Not only is it eco-friendly and has big plans for the future, but the shares may also be looking cheap. Biofuels was floated by broker Collins Stewart in June via a placing...
Essays from Past Prove Standards Have Never Been Higher; A FATHER'S VIEW
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON EVERYONE thinks standards were higher when they were at school - but in my case I know it's not true. Quite by chance the other week I got a package which contained school essays which I had written as a sixth former 40...
Four Years for Youngest Ever Killer Driver, 14
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A TEENAGER on a stolen motorcycle who killed a boy collecting conkers became the youngest person to be convicted of causing death by dangerous driving today. The judge took the unusual step of naming David Joyce, who was...
French Kisses Are Not So Hot
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM LOVE ME IF YOU DARE Cert 15, 94 mins ** THE baleful influence of Jean- Pierre Jeunet, director of the highly successful Amelie, hangs over this eccentric romance. Baleful because Jeunet's is not a style that is easy...
Gail's into a Glamorous Racket
Byline: DAVID SMITH GAIL EMMS wants to take badminton from the church hall to the catwalk by winning gold for Britain tonight with mixed doubles partner Nathan Robertson. The pair face China's Olympic champions Jun Zhang and Ling Gao in today's...
Goddard's Ready to Match His Pal Parry
Byline: IAN CHADBAND FIRST, the good news. Team GB are forging ahead of the mighty Seychelles - size of team apparently two - in the Olympic medals table here. Second, the even better news. A bloke who could have been eligible to win a medal...
Godfrey Sets Sights on Shot at Gold
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER LARRY GODFREY today qualified for the semi-finals of the men's archery on his first appearance at the Olympic Games. The British champion won 110-108 in the tense 12-arrow eliminator agsint Chen Szu Yuan of Chinese Taipei....
Google Kicks off Float with Rock-Bottom Price
Byline: BILL CONDIE THERE was further humiliation for internet search engine giant Google today as it reduced the value of its flotation to as little as $85 ([pounds sterling]47) a share, a far cry from the $135 at the upper end of its original...
Home Truths from King Send a Shiver through the Speculators
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE EVERY TIME Paris sneezes, Europe catches a cold, according to an old saying. In Britain, we now have a new version - every time Mervyn King so much as sniffs, the future value of your house gets the shakes. Every decision...
How Truump Became a Triumph for Television; the Donald's Business Empire Is in the Mire but His US Reality Show Is a Hit, and Heading for Britain Soon
Byline: JOHN STERLICCHI FORTY MILLION Americans turned on their TVs recently to watch billionaire businessman Donald Trump utter the words "you're fired" for one last time and bring to an end the first hugely successful season of The Apprentice....
In Brief
Japan's J-Power sale to be biggest for six years THE Japanese government is to sell its stake in power utility Electric Power Development (J-Power) next month in what could be the biggest market debut in six years. J-Power's IPO could surpass...
In Brief
Profits almost double as Zurich returns to health ZURICH Financial Services' firsthalf net profits nearly doubled over the previous year as the Swiss insurance giant continued its recovery under chief executive James J Schiro. High premiums and...
Kanoute Fury at Transfer Bid
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS FREDDIE KANOUTE revealed today that he is unhappy with suggestions that Tottenham are trying to offload him. There were reports that the Spurs move for Southampton striker James Beattie broke down because Kanoute would not...
Law's Gold Appeal; British Hopes Are Resting on French Protest
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRITAIN could win their first gold medal of the Olympics later today if French officials succeed in their attempt to overturn Germany's triumph in last night's eventing. Leslie Law, who won silver in the individual competition,...
Law's Gold Appeal; He Flies Home to Wait for Verdict as Brits Join Protest
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRITAIN'S Leslie Law will fly home from the Athens Olympics today with an eventing silver medal that could still be turned into a gold following a decision to appeal against Bettina Hoy's triumph for Germany. Britain has joined...
Learning at All Costs; University Is an Expensive Business but Don't Be Alarmed, Says Paul Tyrrell, There Are Ways to Ease the Financial Burden
Byline: PAUL TYRRELL DEBT is the number one concern for most prospective students, and rightly so. Barclays estimates the average amount owed by last year's graduates was [pounds sterling]12,500, a rise of 12 per cent on the previous year. Those...
Less Haste Means More Success; Unexpectedly Good Results Present a Welcome Dilemma, but Students Should Think Carefully before Discarding Their Current University, Warns Ann Williams
Byline: ANN WILLIAMS IT IS the scenario that every student dreams about: opening the envelope on results day and discovering straight grade As. Yet as a growing number of students defy teacher predictions to achieve three or more grade As, this...
Madonna's Better Than Ever (Even without Leg Warmers); Special Effects and Non-Stop Hits Are Great Entertainment after 20 Years
Byline: LIZ JONES JOINING the rain-sodden throng for Madonna's first London concert, I was surprised at how, well, normal everyone looked, like mums and dads at a particularly busy branch of Sainsbury's. Where were the ra-ra skirts, the footless...
Malcolm Back on Course after Speedy Fight against Kidney Scare
Byline: IAN CHADBAND SPRINTER Christian Malcolm is back in training after recovering from a mild form of kidney failure in Cyprus. The Welsh star felt unwell when he arrived at the British Olympic Association's preparation camp in Paphos on August...
New Doubts Cast over Sprinters' Bike-Crash Claim
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY THE Greek sprinters who pulled out of the Olympics in a doping scandal were under new pressure today when investigators cast fresh doubts on their alleged motorcycle accident. Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou checked...
NIGHTMARE ON THE PLATFORM; Moment a Thug Pushes Commuter onto Live Rail Line
Byline: ED HARRIS THIS IS the horrific moment a drunken thug throws a man from a platform onto a 750-volt railway line. John Gibbs desperately tries to break free as shaven-headed Stuart McLean, 21, grabs hold of his arm and shoulder and forces...
Not the First Cuckoo, but Christian Adds Sex Appeal; Charismatic Slater Takes over at the Asylum
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH FIRST NIGHT One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh WHAT a surprising experience this blackish comedy, this horrifying expose of life and death in a Sixties American mental asylum proves to be!...
One Mile off Kent Coast, a Timebomb Ready to Blow; FEARS THAT U.S. WRECK'S DEADLY CARGO COULD CAUSE 'BIGGEST EVER' EXPLOSION
Byline: ED HARRIS;BEN WHITE FOR 60 years the rotting masts of the SS Richard Montgomery have poked eerily from the sea at low tide, surrounded by buoys. Small signs attached to the masts inform those who sail by on the Thames estuary: "Danger:...
Our Latest Feud with Germany ... but at Least French Are on Our Side
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY IT WAS probably inevitable that a competition involving Britain, Germany and France would not have a peaceful outcome. But nobody could have guessed that it would be in the civilised sport of three-day eventing that simmering...
Pavement Police Find a New Target: Small Shops; Displays in Street Are Banned, 160 Traders Told
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE "pavement police" have struck again. First they ruled that cafes in Kensington and Chelsea must leave four metres of space between tables and the kerb. Now Harrow council has banned all 160 businesses in the Wealdstone...
'People Said I Watched Too Much Ally McBeal'; University Could Be the Best Way into Your Dream Career - or You Could Learn on the Job. Joel Wolchover Looks at the Different Routes into the Legal Profession
Byline: JOEL WOLCHOVER WHETHER you are tempted by the possibility of making megabucks in a big City firm, have a burning desire to rid the world of injustice, or just want to be like Ally McBeal - there are many reasons why you might be considering...
Pick of the Night
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Sex, Footballers and Videotape 10pm, Channel 4 IF YOU have read all those tabloid stories about Premiership footballers, girls, hotel rooms and alleged "roasting" incidents, and wondered exactly what sort of thing was...
Police Left Powerless to Fight the Vice-Masters; COMMENTARY
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS THE Sex In The City report will make uncomfortable reading at Scotland Yard. In detailing the sheer scale of vice in London, for the first time, the study raises an ineluctable question - what are the police doing about it?...
[Pounds Sterling]13,000 off House Prices in Five Weeks; Property Boom Goes into Reverse
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL HOUSE prices in London have fallen by an average of almost [pounds sterling]13,000 in the past five weeks, a survey reveals today. Fears about the prospect of a housing market crash, the effect of five interest rate rises...
Results Worthless, Students with Low A-Level Grades Told
Byline: TIM MILES THE ROW over record A-level passes escalated today as some 70,000 teenagers with low grades were told their results were virtually worthless. Their D and E grade passes are increasingly being disregarded by both universities...
Second Union Times Its Strike Threat to Hit Holiday
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE second biggest union representing ground staff at British Airways warned today it will order a 24-hour strike on the Friday of the August bank holiday if peace talks fail. All unions are today meeting BA in an effort to...
Soldier's Mother Storms out of Prescott Meeting
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE grieving mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq stormed out of a meeting with John Prescott today, accusing him of "talking rubbish". Rose Gentle bitterly criticised the Deputy Prime Minister after an apparent attempt...
Something Nasty in the Woods; WILL SELF ON FILM the Latest Horror from the Maker of the Sixth Sense and Signs Is Frighteningly Short on Thrills and Chills
The Village * Cert 12A, 107mins WRITER- director M Night Shyamalan specialises in films that are all MacGuffin - he keeps his audience in a metaphorical as well as literal darkness. In The Sixth Sense (1999), Bruce Willis finds things to do...
Sven Happy but the Real Test Starts in Austria
Byline: MICHAEL HART AFTER the events of recent weeks it was a clearly relieved Sven-Goran Eriksson who looked ahead today to the approaching World Cup qualifying campaign with renewed confidence and enthusiasm. In fact last night's 3-0 win over...
Swim Boss: It's Easier to Win Rowing Medals
Byline: IAN CHADBAND BRITISH swimming chief David Sparkes insists it is far easier to win a rowing medal than gain a top-three finish in the pool. Sparkes defended performance director Bill Sweetenham before insisting the sheer number of entrants...
Take Your Marks for Autumn
Byline: DAVID HAYES THE recent boardroom battles at Marks & Spencer might as well have heralded open season on the high street giant. From prawn sandwiches to value packs of tanga briefs, pundits have felt free to take a pot shot at practically...
Terry: Ledley Can Be King for More Than One Day; England Put Off-the-Pitch Troubles Behind Them as Defenders Shine
Byline: KEN DYER JOHN TERRY today backed his new international defensive partner Ledley King to keep his place in the England team for next month's crucial World Cup qualifying trips to Austria and Poland. The pair played alongside each other...
The Buzz
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK Decision time for the Bondi Bond REPORTS that Aussie actor Eric Bana would become the sixth James Bond were promptly scotched by representatives of the Troy and Hulk actor. But I am reliably informed that this is only because...
The Goalkeeper; How Well Do You Cope in a Crisis? If You Can Keep Your Head While All around Are Losing Theirs, Corporate Communications Might Be the Career for You, Says Bonnie Estridge
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE WITH the new football season now under way, it's a busy time for Dan Johnson. He's the man with the sometimes difficult task of protecting the Premiership's public image. That might not seem an enviable role in a year...
The Golden Girls; Brits Sail to Olympic Title, Ainslie's Close but Badminton Pair Settle for Silver Medal
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRITAIN got their first Olympic gold here today as Shirley Robertson, Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb sailed to glory. With one race left to spare in the Yngling class on Saturday the trio have been confirmed as champions. Although...
The Question Black Britain Must Face
Byline: HENRY BONSU DO black men have a problem? The Trouble with Black Men, which starts on BBC3 tonight, seems to think so. It promises to "tear up the PC rule book and pull up black men on their shoddy behaviour" such as "ruining the black family...
The Right Formula for Success; with Rising Salaries and Diverse Job Opportunities, Science Graduates Can Afford to Experiment with Their Careers, Says Sarah Richardson
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON NOW for the chance to make a real difference. From developing a cure for cancer and harnessing alternative forms of energy to designing computer games, science graduates can look forward to creative, innovative careers....
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Pogues' Shane gets his teeth into helping Jimmy LEGENDARY hell-raiser Shane MacGowan may admit to being a "self-confessed certified lunatic", but that has not stopped him helping out former Celtic winger Jimmy Johnstone, who is battling against...
Tragedy of Suicide Girl Who Changed Her Mind Too Late; TEENAGER WORRIED BY EXAMS TOOK OVERDOSE THEN CALLED FOR HELP IN PANIC
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS THE TRAGIC last moments of a talented schoolgirl who killed herself while taking her GCSEs were revealed for the first time today. Tina Dziki, 15, died after taking 56 anti- malaria tablets at Dunraven School in Streatham....
US Buyout Groups Set to Join Saga Takeover Fight
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE A CLUTCH of giant US buyout companies are poised to launch into the [pounds sterling]1 billion takeover battle for Saga, the travel and financial services group for the over-50s. With the deadline for the first round of bidding...
Vaughan Pushes for One More Whitewash
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN has challenged his England team to put the finishing touches to their spectacular summer of success - on the ground where they first convinced themselves that no challenge was too tall. Vaughan's men are back...
Wall Street Revival Gives Worldwide Investors a Lift
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE big turnround on Wall Street overnight, which carried the Dow back above 10,000 with a rise of 110 points, was just the tonic City investors needed. A rising oil price that touched $47 a barrel on the futures market failed...
We're Ready to Live the Dream; Athens 2004
Byline: KELLY HOLMES Tomorrow, the centrepiece of the Olympics opens here in Athens when the athletics programme gets under way. The doomsayers have predicted that our track and field team will find medals as rare to come by as our muchtouted swimmers...
Who Can Fail A-Levels?
IF PRESENT trends continue, the A-level examination that no one fails is just four years away. This year, 96 per cent of A-level candidates achieved a pass, and there has been an increase of A-grade passes to 22.5 per cent. Of course we should congratulate...
Who's Calling the Shots? A New Book Casts Doubt on the Role of the Film Director and Reveals Who Wields the Real Power Behind the Camera
Byline: TIM ADLER EACH year during the Cannes film festival there is an invitation-only gathering of film producers and financiers - a kind of hoods' convention. "Don't let them know you're a journalist," I was warned, "let them think that you're...
Williamson Has China in Her Sights
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER ALISON WILLIAMSON today hinted she could go to Beijing for her fifth Olympics in 2008, after finally tasting medal glory. The trainee teacher won an archery bronze yesterday with a last-arrow win over Chinese Taipei's Shun...
Work Your Way to the Top without a Degree; If You Want the Highflying Career without Going to University, Find a Company That Will Train You While You Work, Says Kate Crockett
Byline: KATE CROCKETT AS A frenzy of school-leavers start chasing last-minute places, or packing their bags to head off to college, you'd be forgiven for thinking that university was the only option for students with good grades and big ambitions....
You've Failed to Make the Grade, So Now What? Whatever Your Grades or the Status of Your University Application, the Clearing Process Can Help You Find a Course. but Be Quick, Says Sarah Richardson
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON IF UNIVERSITY is your desired destination but your grades are lower than expected, you will need to consider your options. If you narrowly missed the grades required for your first- or secondchoice offers, contact the admissions...
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