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Articles from May 18, 2010

4,200 Fined on the Spot in New Cannabis War
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MORE than 4,200 people in London have been given [pounds sterling]80 on-the-spot fines for possessing cannabis in the first year of a government crackdown on drugs. Figures released by the Met show that...
Bank's Warning on Inflation as Rate Hits 17-Month High
Byline: Hugo Duncan BANK of England Governor Mervyn King today warned new Chancellor George Osborne that the outlook for inflation was "highly uncertain" after it hit a 17-month high of 3.7%. In a letter to Osborne to explain why inflation was...
BA Soars as Fears of Strike and Volcanic Ash Evaporate
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MARKET ROUND-UP BRITISH Airways was flying high today after the strike by cabin crew was blocked and fears of renewed disruption from the volcanic ash cloud receded. The airline's bosses last night succeeded in their bid...
BP Chief Flies Home Days after Pledge to Stay and Tackle Spill
Byline: Peter Dominiczak THE chief executive of BP is to return to Britain only a week after promising to remain in America until his company has successfully tackled the devastating oil spill, it emerged today. Tony Hayward, who has been in...
Cameron and Clegg Budge Up on Bench for Kick-Off; SKETCH
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A BIG cheer rang out for David Cameron as he literally pushed his way through a crush of newlyelected Tories crowding the gangways. Nick Clegg, whose entrance went uncheered, budged up at least half an inch...
Cameron Has Set the Right Example over Extravagant Security; by Dispensing with Unnecessary Levels of Protection, the Prime Minister Has Sent a Clear Message to Police
Byline: Simon Jenkins WHEN Tony Blair arrived outside No 10 Downing Street in 1997, he stood by a front door flanked with two armed policemen heavy with stab vests. He was at no conceivable risk of assassination. The street was jammed with security....
Cameron's City Ban Is a Waste; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton JOHNNY Cameron, the man who ran the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Scotland when, with Sir Fred Goodwin at the helm, it set out to conquer the world has reportedly agreed to accept a ban from the Financial Services...
Chef 'Killed Wife with Kitchen Pan Then Had Sex with His Girlfriend'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A CHEF murdered his wife with a castiron kitchen pan then hid her body in a freezer for three years, the Old Bailey heard today. The day after the murder, his birthday, Peter Wallner bought his mistress...
Collingwood Won't Try to Oust Captain Strauss
PAUL COLLINGWOOD insisted today he has no intention of taking the one-day and Test captaincy from Andrew Strauss and, instead, gave him credit for England's ICC World Twenty20 success. The squad returned home this morning after clinching victory...
Digging Our Way out of Labour's Black Hole
THE ROW over Labour's last spending commitments and whether they will be scrapped is useful to ministers. Revelations such as the money Lord Mandelson signed off in loans to the car industry and the note left by outgoing Chief Secretary to the Treasury...
Don't Put All the Blame on Bailey
Byline: Ian Gibb CHARLTON 2 SWINDON 1 aet, aggregate 3-3, Swindon win 5-4 on pens IT IS difficult to imagine a sadder sight in football. Charlton captain and midfield hero Nicky Bailey, tear-stained face head down in shame, being led, almost dragged...
Families Are Battered by Soaring Rate of Inflation
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor FAMILIES face the tightest squeeze on their budgets in a generation as "shocking" new inflation figures show the cost of living soaring faster than at any time since 1991. The broadest measure of...
George Must Start Bigging Up Britain; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton WHEN Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King last week ended his discreet silence and actually welcomed what was being done to speed up deficit reduction, he quite specifically said that his decision to favour more cuts...
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Giving Life a New Meaning; from Teaching Maths to Dancing, Adult Learners' Courses Boost Confidence and Can Also Raise Prosperity
Byline: Sarah Richardson NOW in its 19th year, Adult Learners' Week is the UK's largest and longest-running learning campaign. Held each May, it encourages thousands of adults, whatever their age and background, to give learning a go. This year,...
Hague Agrees Timeshare Deal on His Grace and Favour Property
Byline: Joe Murphy WILLIAMHAGUE and Nick Clegg have vowed to be "grown up" about having to share a 115-room grace and favour mansion. The former political enemies found themselves in the timeshare arrangement after David Cameron decreed they...
Hague and Clegg to Timeshare Their Grace and Favour Property
Byline: Joe Murphy WILLIAM HAGUE and Nick Clegg have vowed to be "grown up" about having to share a 115-room grace and favour mansion. The former political enemies found themselves in the timeshare arrangement after David Cameron decreed they...
Higher University Fees 'Will Speed Up Brain Drain to US'
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent INCREASING numbers of teenagers are choosing American Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale over Oxford and Cambridge, according to leading schools. Headteachers predict that the...
INDIA HAVE 'THE WALL' TO THANK FOLLOWING THEIR CLIMB TO THE TOP; THE BIG INTERVIEW RAHUL DRAVID the Leading Batsman Reveals Why Cricket Is Flourishing in His Country and How They Have Been Transformed as a Nation from Lambs to Tigers on the International Scene EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Mihir Bose THERE is not much that disturbs Rahul Dravid's calm approach. Very much like his batting. This is the man called "The Wall", one of only five men to score 11,000 Test runs and the only one to hit a century in each of the 10 Test-playing...
Innocent Cyclist 'Killed by Chase Drivers'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A BANK worker cycling home was thrown against a wall and died after two cars "jostled" at speeds up to 60mph along a residential road, the Old Bailey heard today. Married father Graham Thwaites, 51, was...
IT BREAKS MY HEART, BUT I HAVE TO LEAVE; ARSENAL BOMBSHELL; FABREGAS' MESSAGE TO WENGER IN SHOWDOWN TALKS AS BARCA CLAIM STAR WANTS TO JOIN THEM; Cesc: I Have to Leave
Byline: Marco Giacomelli CESC FABREGAS was today preparing his departure from Arsenal with Barcelona ready to make a massive offer for the Gunners skipper. The midfielder was due to have talks with manager Arsene Wenger in London, provided he...
It's Never Too Late for College
ADULT learners will soon be able to pick up skills for life and work in a stunning new location which promises to open up even more opportunities for lifelong learning. City of Westminster College, which offers more than 250 full and part-time courses...
I've Made It and I'm on Top of the World; Youngest British Woman to Climb Everest Calls Home from the Summit
Byline: Peter Dominiczak THE youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest told family members she was "safe" and had "made it to the top" in an emotional telephone conversation hours after reaching the summit. Bonita Norris, 22, made it to the...
Johnson V Johnson for Mayor; Ex-Minister Could Take on Boris in 2012
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor FORMER home secretary Alan Johnson emerged as a possible challenger to Boris Johnson today as Labour decided to select its 2012 mayoral candidate by the autumn. The party fired the starting gun for the...
Johnson V Johnson for Mayor; Ex-Postman Could Take on Boris in 2012
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor FORMER home secretary Alan Johnson emerged as a possible challenger to Boris Johnson today as Labour decided to select its 2012 mayoral candidate by the autumn. The party fired the starting gun for its...
Kate, Mick and Paris Push the Boat out in Cannes
Byline: Olivia Cole in Cannes IT WAS the kind of bash where you can just forget about being cool. As a friend of mine put it: "I've been to some parties in my life, but Jesus... this is something else..." Welcome aboard the Octopus, Microsoft...
LET'S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE; after the Hit Hello, Dolly! Raised the Stakes, Great Things Are Expected of Regent's Park's Open Air Theatre. This Year, Says Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, They Mean Business
Byline: Fiona Mountford IT IS peculiarly fitting that, when I arrive at the east London rehearsal studios where we have agreed to meet, Timothy Sheader suggests we talk outside, in the (bracing, with overtures of drizzle) open air. This, after all,...
Lib-Cons' Emergency Budget Will Have to Raise Taxes; ECONOMICS ANALYSIS
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE waiting is nearly over. The emergency Budget on June 22 should finally outline a credible plan to plug the black hole in the nation's finances. One thing is certain -- the spending cuts and tax rises proposed by George...
Life's a Juggle but Still All Adding-Up for Abby-Lee; A Busy Mum Fits Her Course in with Family and Portfolio Work. by Sarah Richardson
Byline: Sarah Richardson ABBY-LEE Widger is no stranger to the challenges of juggling work and family commitments. Before she even started her part-time study for an ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) accountancy qualification,...
Move from Upton Park High on 10-Point Hit List; FOOTBALL LATEST
Byline: Ken Dyer DAVID SULLIVAN and David Gold today set out their vision for West Ham in a 10-point plan. Many of the co-owners' goals would apply to any club as they talk of "appointing the right manager" and only signing players "who are hungry...
My Friend Lord Triesman May Have Done Us a Favour
Byline: Emma Duncan ALONG with Tube closures and long traffic jams, the Sunday newspaper expose has become a traditional part of the British weekend. It usually works like this: a moderately foxy, slightly used-looking woman shops an older man in...
Now More Than Ever, We Need Strongbow Spirit
Byline: Sarah Sands WHATEVER happened to Motorway Man, the key election demographic unveiled by polling companies and never heard of again? I've been commuting from the junction between the M40 and the M1 and have grown fond of the early morning...
Now Tube Bosses Fight Strikers in the Courts
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent TUBE chiefs today launched an 11thhour bid to avert this weekend's strike by maintenance drivers which will bring major disruption to the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Bosses at Tube Lines...
OLD ENGLISH IS THE NEW WAY FORWARD; Tweed, Barbour Jackets and Laura Ashley Dresses Are Not Just for Sloanes -- London's Style Crowd Are Equally Hooked
Byline: Karen Dacre THE news that Aubin & Wills is expanding its empire with a new store in Shoreditch comes as little surprise. The more sophisticated sibling to Jack Wills -- a brand which now, according to The Retail Knowledge website, is...
Paragon Poised for a Comeback in Buy-to-Let
Byline: Nick Goodway THE buy-to-let housing market -- one of the core problems behind the UK banking crisis -- is about to enjoy a revival according to Nigel Terrington, chief executive of the specialist lender Paragon. Having been out of the...
Peace Camp Will Be Evicted to Save Queen's Blushes ... Especially as Two of Her Soldiers Are among Protesters
Byline: Felix Allen and Justin Davenport PEACE protesters who have turned Parliament Square into a muddy campsite expect to be evicted within days so that the Queen is not confronted by "squalor" at the State Opening of Parliament next Tuesday....
Q: What Time of Day Is Best for Sex? the Sex Lives of Londoners
Byline: Jasmine Gardner THERE'S a time and a place for sex -- but the fact is, not all of us agree on exactly what time that is. Perhaps you are a morning person, or maybe you're fond of evenings -- and there are no doubt some unfortunate people...
Rebel Redwood Leads Revolt over Raising Capital Gains Tax to 50%; Former Cabinet Minister Warns against Robin Hood Approach
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent CHANCELLOR George Osborne today faced the threat of a growing revolt over capital gains tax after John Redwood announced rival fiscal plans drawn up by 30 Tory MPs and peers. The former Cabinet...
Sales Shocker Raises Doubts over Asda's Business Plans
Byline: Simon English ASDA unveiled a shock drop in sales today, calling into question the supermarket giant's business strategy and offering evidence for why it recently parted company with chief executive Andy Bond. The UK's second-biggest...
Slumdogs Recreate Rio by Thames; Brazilians to Build Model Favela on South Bank
Byline: Louise Jury in Rio de Janeiro THE slums of Rio de Janeiro, where thousands live on the margins of society, are to be recreated on London's South Bank. A favela is being "imported" to London in an ambitious art project as part of a giant...
Spitzer's Back on the Scene and Hoping for a Second Chance
THOSE of us who so admired the way Eliot Spitzer duffed up Wall Street a decade ago hoped he might one day become president of the USA. The then New York attorney general, you will recall, beat a $1.4 billion settlement out of the banks for a collective...
Stack Happy to Pay the Lolly for Dolly
Byline: Simon Milham TOMMY STACK intends paying [pounds sterling]27,500 to supplement unbeaten filly Lolly For Dolly into Sunday's Irish 1,000 Guineas. Unbeaten in her two starts to date, the daughter of Oratorio won a seven-furlong Group Three...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You seem to have decided that if others don't already know about certain troublesome issues, there's no reason for you to highlight them. At the moment that may be true. However, should...
Strawberries Are Red, Cream Is, Well, Cream, Wimbledon Has a Poet to Create on the Green
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships have appointed a poet in residence for the first time. Matt Harvey, 47, a regular on Radio 4's Saturday Live and a tennis fan, will pass comment this summer...
Terror Pair to Stay in Britain; Judge Accepts Al Qaeda Link but Won't Deport Them
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor TWO men declared by a judge to be a threat to national security today won the right to stay in the country. The same immigration judge said although he accepted one of them was an al Qaeda operative...
TERROR PAIR TO STAY IN BRITAIN; JUDGE ACCEPTS BOMB SUSPECTS ARE A PUBLIC DANGER BUT WON'T DEPORT THEM ... FOR THEIR SAFETY; Home Secretary Vows to Protect the Public as Al Qaeda Pair Stay
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor TWO suspects in an al Qaeda plot to inflict mass casualties in Britain today won the right to stay in the country. Immigration judge Mr Justice Mitting said that although both men were a threat to national...
That's Showbusiness as Leading Literary Agency Is Taken Over
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE prestigious agency at the centre of one of the most bitter disputes in literary London was taken over by one of the capital's top showbusiness agents, Michael Foster, today. PFD, which has suffered...
The Black Actor Boom; Three Major Productions with a Black Lead Actor Are Playing to Packed Houses in London. the Days of Token Casting May Finally Be over, Says Nosheen Iqbal
Byline: Nosheen Iqbal FROM the South Bank to Upper Street, the heart of the West End to Sloane Square, a whiff of hope is drifting through theatreland. Talented black actors, so often sidelined or overlooked for star roles, are suddenly in demand...
The Party's Over. Car Hire Fraudster Who Posed as Kuwaiti Royal Faces Jail
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A CONMAN who posed as a member of the Kuwaiti royal family and enjoyed a champagne lifestyle during a [pounds sterling]610,000 crime spree faces jail today. Koroush Pour, 33, flitted from West End nightspots...
There Are Rays of Hope for Labour
MATTHEW D'ANCONA claims that in their shared belief that the financial crisis has rehabilitated strong government, the Labour leadership candidates are at odds with history. Those who tell us how history ends are often surprised by events. At any rate,...
The Transfer That Every Arsenal Supporter Knows Is Inevitable; Cesc Fabregas Has Long Been a Target for His Former Club and Arsene Wenger Will Have to Look Hard to Find a Player to Fill the Void
Byline: Dan Jones HOW soon is now, Morrissey once asked. For Cesc Fabregas it sounds like now finally means now. He, like the narrator in the song, finds himself 'the son and heir of nothing in particular'. He is human! He needs to be loved! Specifically...
Three British Security Contractors Are Killed in Afghan Plane Crash
Byline: Rashid Razaq THREE Britons, believed to be security contractors, are among more than 40 people feared dead after a passenger plane crashed in mountains in northern Afghanistan. Daniel Saville from Manchester, David Taylor from Staffordshire...
TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING'S LUTHER 9PM, BBC1 Another day, another sadistic narcissist. Luther seems to attract them. I wonder why that is. This episode starts with an astonishingly unpleasant scene in which a yummy mummy is abducted by a nasty man....
Vodafone Pledges Inflation-Busting Payouts
Byline: Nick Goodway VODAFONE today promised investors their dividends will rise by at least an inflation-busting 7% over the next three years as it predicted a return to underlying revenue growth. The mobile phone giant is now one of the most...
Wall Street Bankers Laugh off the Writs and Carry On
Byline: Simon English in New York AN air of what feels like denial is hanging over Wall Street. By any reasonable measure it ought to be a place in turmoil, an industry on the defensive. The latest legal salvo against the big banks sees eight...
WIN AN iPOD TOUCH; CODEWORD
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number 1 online entertainment retailer, this 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. Use the revolutionary Multi-Touch...
WINNING INSPIRATION; Festival of Learning Celebrates the Achievements of Dedicated Individuals and Groups Who Have Turned around Numerous Lives through Adult Education
FROM practising Pilates to gaining a PhD, Adult Learners' Week celebrates learning and learners in all their diversity, inspiring many thousands of people each year to try something new. Running between last Saturday and this Friday, the campaign...
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