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Articles from June 7, 2010

Angry Investors Tell Pru Bosses: You're a Disgrace
Byline: Lucy Tobin and Simon English PRUDENTIAL executives faced a wave of angry shareholders today at an annual meeting that left the company in little doubt that it needs to rebuild its credibility in the eyes of investors. Already facing a...
Angry Investors Tell Pru Bosses: You're a Disgrace
Byline: Lucy Tobin and Simon English PRUDENTIAL executives faced a wave of angry shareholders today at an annual meeting that left the company in little doubt that it needs to rebuild its credibility in the eyes of investors. Already facing a...
BABY'S FACE 'IS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE'; MOTHER TELLS HOW SHE FOUND FOX IN TWINS' BEDROOM; 'I Started to Scream as I Saw Lola Was Covered in Blood'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE mother of twin girls mauled in their cot by a fox told this afternoon of the moment she came face to face with the animal. Pauline Koupparis, 40, rushed up to their bedroom in Homerton after hearing one of the nine-month-olds...
Baker Misery Compounded by First Round Queen's Exit
Byline: David Smith Sports Correspondent, at Queen's WILD card Jamie Baker was today bundled out of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, leaving the British No3 to endure yet more frustration in a career that would have tested the most resolute...
Barclays Falls on Fears It Will Be Clobbered by Bank Tax
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MARKET ROUND-UP SHARES in Barclays sank today as Evolution Securities warned that it will be one of the hardest-hit lenders by a new bank levy. The stockbroker has slashed its rating on the bank from buy to sell, saying...
Biscuits but No Crumbs of Comfort for the Braying Mob; SKETCH
Byline: Lucy Tobin IN anticipation of the mauling it was about to receive, the Prudential was handing out Digestives to private shareholders who arrived at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre today. Smiling greeters directed investors towards big platters...
Boris Has Wizard Plan for a London Harry Potter Park
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor FLYING broomsticks, dragons and magic spells could soon come to London if Boris Johnson's wishes for a Harry Potter theme park in the capital are granted. The Mayor is writing to Warner Brothers and Universal...
BP Optimistic as Spill Clean-Up Costs Top [Pounds Sterling]1bn
Byline: Nick Goodway BP today said the cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil disaster had topped [pounds sterling]1 billion but said it expects the latest effort to capture leaking oil to "improve over the next several days". Shares in the oil giant,...
Bride-to-Be Sues Hair Salon That 'Burnt Her Scalp with Chemicals'
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health and Social Affairs Correspondent A LONDON woman is taking legal action against a hair salon after suffering severe burns which put her in hospital days before her wedding. Stephanie Davies-Crowley, 37, from Tottenham,...
British Army Could Shrink to Its Smallest Size since the Boer War
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent DRAMATIC cuts in the defence budget, due to be finalised next month, could leave Britain with its smallest army since the Boer War more than 100 years ago. Defence officials and service chiefs are wrestling...
Bullish Murray Is Desperate to Be the King of Queen's Again
Byline: Chris Jones ANDY MURRAY is relishing the prospect of defending the grass court title he won at Queen's last year and hopes it will kick-start his season. The Scot faces the daunting prospect of possibly having to defeat Rafael Nadal in...
Cameron's Tough Message on Cuts
WE knew this was coming. All the parties before the election warned that there were stringent spending cuts ahead, though Labour and the Tories disagreed about when to begin. Now the Prime Minister says that unless we take action now, we face paying...
Capello Hands Hart a Start in Last Warm-Up Match but Rooney's Left on the Bench
Byline: writes Simon Johnson JOE HART was today handed an unexpected chance to stake his claim for a starting role against the USA on Saturday after being named in the 1st XI against the Platinum All Stars this afternoon, writes Simon Johnson. ...
Cost of Cleaning Gulf Oil Spill Hits $1.25bn
Byline: Miranda Bryant THE cost of the Gulf of Mexico clean-up rose to $1.25 billion ([pounds sterling]865 million) today as officials warned the BP oil leak could carry on "for months". The firm has installed a containment cap on the ruptured...
Councils Use Anti-Terror Law to Catch Charity Shop Dumping
Byline: Miranda Bryant LONDON councils used anti-terror laws to snoop on residents more than 1,000 times in two years, it was revealed today. The figures, obtained by campaign group Big Brother Watch, also show that only 71 of the secret investigations...
Cut Now or We'll Pay [Pounds Sterling]1 Billion a Week in Interest, Warns Cameron; [Pounds Sterling]1.4 Trillion Debt Crisis Is 'The Terrible Legacy of Labour Years'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BRITAIN'S debt crisis is so bad that 10p in every pound raised in tax will soon be meeting interest payments alone, David Cameron revealed today. Setting the scene for "inevitably painful cuts", the Prime Minister...
CUT NOW OR WE'LL PAY [Pounds sterling]1BN A WEEK IN INTEREST; CAMERON ISSUES DIRE WARNING ON SCALE OF LABOUR'S LEGACY OF DEBT'Workers Don't Want to See Taxes Blown on Debt Interest Payments'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BRITAIN'S debt crisis is so bad that 10p in every pound raised in tax will soon be meeting interest payments alone, David Cameron revealed today. Setting the scene for "inevitably painful cuts", the Prime Minister...
Deadly Tornadoes Leave Trail of Destruction across Small Towns in Midwest
Byline: Martin Bentham AT least seven people were killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms swept across the US Midwest leaving small towns and rural areas looking like a "war zone". Several more were critically injured as dozens of buildings in...
Derby Day Will Not Be Moved, Insists Epsom Supremo
Byline: Simon Milham THE INVESTEC Derby is set to remain in its current weekend slot but Epsom's managing director Rupert Trevelyan has hinted that the Investec Oaks could move from Friday to Sunday. Trevelyan deemed the two-day meeting "a stunning...
Drogba Could Still Have a Part to Play in World Cup after Successful Surgery
DIDIER DROGBA was expected to rejoin the Ivory Coast World Cup squad today after weekend surgery on a fractured arm was deemed to have been a success. It is still not clear whether the African Footballer of the Year will be fit to play in his country's...
Electoral Reform and Boundary Change Bill to Be Rushed out Early
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A MAJOR Bill tying together a vote on electoral reform with new parliamentary boundaries for the entire country is to be rushed out within weeks. The Evening Standard has learned that David Cameron's plans...
Ex Stereophonics Drummer Cable Found Dead after 'Drinking Binge'
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent FORMER Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable has been found dead at his home after a suspected drinking binge. Police confirmed the musician's body was discovered at his large house in the Welsh...
FANS WILL BE SAFE AT THIS WORLD CUP, INSIST FIFA; Governing Body Say They Did Not Organise Match Marred by Stampede and That Their Tournament Will Be Free from Any Trouble
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent, in Rustenburg FIFA today insisted that they have no concerns over the safety of spectators at the World Cup despite the stampede before the warm-up game between Nigeria and North Korea which saw 16 people...
Fat Slags and Flying Margaret Thatchers; Tate's Rude Britannia Is Celebration of Comic Art
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent HARRY HILL and Gerald Scarfe have helped transform Tate Britain into a naughty wonderland of comedy for a new exhibition. Rude Britannia tells the history of British comic art, placing the lewd wit...
Fox Twins' Mother: One Is Doing Well, Other Not So Good
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Miranda Bryant THE MOTHER of two baby girls who were mauled by a fox in their cots wept today as she said she hoped they would survive. Nine-month-old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis were attacked as they slept after...
Get It off Your TXT
Bad day at work? Baffled by Boris's latest move? Text us your heartfelt and hilarious London thoughts Enter ES TEXTS followed by a space then your message, name, address and postcode TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms...
Golf's Forgotten Man Blossoms in America
Byline: David Smith JUSTIN ROSE today celebrated his first win on American soil by revealing how hard work had turned him from the forgotten man of British golf into a genuine contender for a second Ryder Cup call-up. A flawless final round of...
Gun Control Must Be Tightened
POLITICIANS across the spectrum have been arguing that we ought not to make knee-jerk decisions about tightening our gun laws following the Cumbria shootings. The only "kneejerkers", it seems to me, are members of the shooting lobby, who, like your...
Hodge: Diego Destroyed Our Hopes, Now He Could Ruin Argentina's Dream; the Former England International Who Played a Major Part in the 'Hand of God' Goal Says Maradona Is out of His Depth as a Head Coach. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson IF some of the England players had any doubts over how one bad moment at a World Cup could haunt them for the rest of their lives, then they only need to talk to Steve Hodge. It is 24 years since his lofted back pass provided...
How to Slash the Budget and Keep Voters on Board; the Prime Minister Has Convinced the Country He Is Serious about Cuts but He Still Has to Make Us Want Them
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona NICK Clegg is quite right that the public spending cuts that lie ahead cannot mark a return to "the harshness of the Eighties": it's going to be much worse than that. In an interview with yesterday's Observer, the Lib-Dem...
I'm Not Asking for Anything Radical -- Just to Go Ofroad
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor WE'RE crawling along on the M25, both sides of the motorway clogged as far as the eye can see. The radio is surprisingly cheerful, telling us that "so far things are looking normal for a Friday evening on the...
iPHONE'S LATEST RIVAL; TECH KNOW
Byline: BY MARK PRIGG IN SAN FRANCISCO SITTING on a yacht in the middle of San Francisco Bay, I'm ignoring the stunning views, and instead almost salivating over a rather chunky mobile phone. I'm here to see Steve Jobs unveil the next version of...
Killer's Family Are Victims of Horror Too, Says Rector
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent THE family of mass killer Derrick Bird should be seen as victims of his crimes and bear no responsibility for his actions, a local priest said today. The Rev John Bannister, the rector of Whitehaven,...
London Taxis Finally Emerge from Gloom of the Ash Clouds
Byline: Mark Prigg Science Editor LONDONERS are returning to black cabs after their business was hit by the recession and the ash cloud crisis, it was claimed today. "The early part of this year was just desperate, and worse than when we were...
Mary, Queen of (Furniture) Shops, Showed Us How to Fight Back
Byline: Miranda Bryant A COUPLE have told how their furniture business was saved from the brink of ruin after they were advised by retail guru Mary Portas. Dazzle Parker and Denny Richardson were losing [pounds sterling]40,000 a year on their...
Met to Deploy Mobile Riot Squads When England Games Are Screened
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent SCOTLAND Yard is to mobilise extra patrols and have riot squads on duty to deal with any outbreaks of alcoholfuelled disorder in pubs and clubs during the World Cup. Police fear that drunken fans could...
Nadal Fires Wimbledon Warning after Five-Star Performance in Paris; the Spaniard Says He Will Be Better Than Ever at SW19 after Completing a Handful of French Open Wins When Smashing Soderling
Byline: Chris Jones RAFAEL NADAL has warned the rest of the men's game he is ready to "play my best Wimbledon ever" as the world No1 seeks to repeat his thrilling 2008 triumph at SW19. Tendinitis in both knees following his fourth-round exit...
New Feminism Has Started the Fight-Back at Last
Byline: Rosamund Urwin "I'M not a feminist, but ..." So started the speech by the sole candidate for women's rep at my college six years ago. I'm not sure how the sentence finished though, I was clearly too busy unhooking my bra and searching for...
Now Mallorca Rocks as Kooks Take London Cool to New Holiday Scene
Byline: Alistair Foster in Mallorca FIVE years ago, Ibiza Rocks revitalised the club scene as the island suffered from the decline of dance music. What started as a series of gigs -- championed by the Evening Standard -- has grown into a hotel,...
Now State School Pupils Will Be Allowed to Take Harder GCSEs
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent STATE school pupils will be allowed to take harder exams that have been likened to traditional O-levels instead of mainstream GCSEs, ministers announced today. The International GCSE (iGCSE) is seen as...
Ocado's Cut-Price Shares with Every [Pounds Sterling]300 Spent
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor HUNDREDS of thousands of Ocado customers are to be offered the chance to buy shares in an expected [pounds sterling]1 billion stock market flotation. Ocado bosses have today written to customers...
Pub Manager Suspended after Refusing to Serve Gay and Lesbian Society
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A PUB manager branded homophobic for refusing to serve 50 members of a gay and lesbian group has been suspended. Police were called to the Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster on Saturday after complaints from the Labour...
Red-Tops Prepare for Marketing War; ADVERTISING AND MARKETING ANALYSIS
Byline: Gideon Spanier FORGET the World Cup and the iPad. The media industry is bracing itself for an old-fashioned price war among the red-tops. Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Star, will slash the price from 20p to 10p from next month. ...
Robshaw Takes the Lead against Australians
HARLEQUINS flanker Chris Robshaw will captain a strong England side against the Australian Barbarians in tomorrow's tour opener in Perth. Robshaw is joined by senior Test regulars Lee Mears and Ugo Monye, who were both on the Lions tour 12 months...
Russian Gala Raises [Pounds Sterling]1.7m for Cancer Care
Byline: Louise Jury A TOTAL of [pounds sterling]1.7 million to help combat cancer was raised at a glittering fundraising event attended by leading figures from the worlds of politics, arts and culture. The most famous guest at the fifth Russian...
SECRETS OF A HOLLYWOOD HUSTLER; Philip Delves Broughton Learns How to Make It Big from the Business Book of the Year
Byline: Philip Delves Broughton SALESPEOPLE love to say that when a customer says "no" it's merely a prelude to an inevitable "yes". "No" is the starter's gun launching the salesperson onto the obstacle course that is the selling process. It's a...
Sex, Sorcery and Sublime Silliness; Opera
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE ARMIDA Garsington SAUCE and sorcery are the gratifyingly homophonic ingredients of Rossini's Armida, which gets its British premiere in this cheerful, limited production at Garsington. The plot, based on Tasso, sees enchantress...
Six Arrested as Mob Water Fight in Park Turns Ugly in a Flash
Byline: Felix Allen THESE were the ugly scenes when a mass water fight in Hyde Park descended into violence. Six people were arrested and one was injured as scuffles spoiled what had started as a good-natured "flashmob" event. About 1,500 revellers...
Spend [Pounds Sterling]300 and You Can Buy Ocado Shares
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor HUNDREDS of thousands of Ocado customers are to be offered the chance to buy shares in an expected [pounds sterling]1 billion stock market flotation. Ocado bosses today wrote to customers flagging...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 It's thrilling to think that because Jupiter's the planet of good fortune, and it's just moved into Aries, your dreams will be fulfilled. True, the offers it brings your way will be wonderful...
Strauss Keen to Lay Down Early Marker for the Ashes; England Skipper Says This Summer's One-Day Series with the Aussies Is Crucial Ahead of Their Clash Down under. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse THE warm-up complete, England can now prepare for the main acts of their summer. It would be tempting to dismiss five one-day internationals against Australia as an irrelevance, but with an Ashes winter less than six months...
Symonds Says He Has Got a New Zest for Life Now His Dark Days Are Behind Him; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Tom Collomosse AYEAR after leaving England with his international career in ruins, Andrew Symonds is back in the country of his birth believing he has finally deduced how to enjoy his work and his life. Of all the overseas players enticed...
The Injured Parties That Threaten Big Celebration
Byline: James Olley THE greatest show on Earth may be only four days away yet the cast for its opening run continues to alter with alarming frequency. Africa is understandably keen to rise above the security concerns and crime figures to stage a...
THE NEW RUDE; Think Donald McGill Postcards and Carry on Films -- Now Saucy, Bawdy Culture Is Getting a 21st-Century Makeover, Says Liz Hoggard
Byline: Liz Hoggard I'M LOOKING at a bone china plate, hand-decorated with scenes of women in semi-undress, while candlesticks are modelled on the curvaceous female bottom. The tableware collection, Since Eve Ate Apples, Much Depends on Dinner,...
The Rules: How to Succeed as a Costume Jeweller by Andrew Prince
Byline: Victoria Stewart ANDREW Prince, 38, founded his costume jewellery company, Andrew Prince, in 2001. Having left school at 15, Prince trained at a luxury Bond Street jeweller, learning jewellery design by working and handling the shop's pieces....
The Secret War on Terror Sets a Bad Example
Byline: Sam Leith IT'S reported that, as part of the war on terror, America now has special forces "black ops" running in no fewer than 75 different countries -- a substantial rise compared to the previous administration. It sounds jolly thrilling....
Those Humble Tesco Folk Are Jolly Rich
TESCO'S annual report arrives, and with it the company's review of its corporate social responsibility activities. The theory they've concocted in their Cheshunt headquarters is that we will devour them both -- absorbing yet another year of mega-profits...
Tornadoes Leave at Least 7 Dead and Turn Midwest Towns into 'War Zone'
Byline: Martin Bentham AT least seven people were killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms swept across the US Midwest leaving small towns looking like a "war zone". Several more were critically injured as dozens of buildings in north-west Ohio,...
TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING FATHER & SON 9PM, ITV1 Brian Kirk's elegant direction flatters the wilder implausibilities of Frank Deasy's drama, set in Manchester. Young Sean O'Connor (Reece Noi) is a nice Catholic lad who is wrongly charged with a...
URBAN SCUBA; Neoprene Isn't Just for Wetsuits -- It Hugs Figures, iPads and Trainers Now, Says Victoria Stewart
Byline: Victoria Stewart ONCE we recognised that there is nothing dignified about limbering up in a soggy wetsuit, our surfing careers came to a grinding halt and we all hoped neoprene had been given the old heave-ho. But it seems the foamy stuff...
Win a Nokia X3; Codeword
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number 1 online entertainment retailer, this Nokia X3 has four slots for contacts so users can quickly make calls and send messages to their most important contacts and also provide a feed from updates of social network...
Would You Adam and Eve It. Welcome to the New East End; Ring-Fenced and Impenetrable, the New Olympic Park Is Emerging Apace. Michael Collins Hears What the Real East Enders Think of the Shape of Things to Come
Byline: Michael Collins IT'S LIKE a guarded camp." The words were those of an elderly local man passing the Lower Lea Valley site of the 2012 Olympic Games, where tasters for the completed vision are beginning to emerge. His timing was perfect....
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