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Articles from August 16, 2010

Agony of Mother Left in the Care of Student Midwife; Woman Unable to Have Any More Children after Blunder by Hospital
Byline: Felix Allen A MOTHER who nearly died in labour when she was left in the care of a student midwife on her second day in the job has been told she cannot have any more children. Saima Fiaz, 29, was in labour with her son Nauman at St George's...
'Al Capone Tactics' to Net Smash-Grab Gangs after [Pounds Sterling]4m Raid
Byline: Justin Davenport and Benedict Moore-Bridger PROSECUTORS today unveiled tough new tactics to crack down on smash and grab gangs targeting London stores after raiders stole [pounds sterling]4 million of jewellery in the heart of the City....
ALMUNIA IS SHAKEN BY WENGER'S SEARCH FOR NEW KEEPER; ARSENAL NO1 ADMITS IT'S HARD TO CONCENTRATE AS BOSS PREPARES NEW BID FOR FULHAM'S SCHWARZER; Almunia Is Shaken by Arsene's Search for a New Goalkeeper
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent MANUEL ALMUNIA today admitted he is unsettled by speculation linking Arsenal with a new goalkeeper and will consider his future should one arrive before the end of the transfer window. The Gunners...
As Clegg Takes the Reins, He Is Urged to Halt Record Fare Rises
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent NICK CLEGG was today urged to honour a key election pledge to hold down train fares as commuters were warned to expect record increases. Unions claimed the Lib-Dem leader, who is standing in for David...
Aviva Keeps the Sell-Offdoor Open despite Snubbing RSA
Byline: Simon English AVIVA bowed to rising pressure from shareholders to at least talk about selling its general insurance business today, issuing a statement that accused RSA of trying to buy the assets on the cheap. It emerged on Friday that...
Aviva Keeps the Sell-Off Door Open despite Snubbing RSA
Byline: Simon English AVIVA bowed to rising pressure from shareholders to at least talk about selling its general insurance business today, issuing a statement that accused RSA of trying to buy the assets on the cheap. It emerged on Friday that...
BLAIR'S [Pounds sterling]5M GIFT TO WAR WOUNDED; EX-PM GIVES ALL PROFITS FROM HIS MEMOIRS TO BRITISH LEGION; EXCLUSIVE; 'We're Not Getting into a Debate about His Conscience ... We're Just Happy to Take His Money'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor TONY BLAIR is to donate all the profits from his memoirs to a new sports centre for badly injured soldiers to "honour their sacrifice". He is handing over his reported [pounds sterling]4.6 million...
BLAIR'S [Pounds sterling]5M GIFT TO WAR WOUNDED; EX-PM GIVES ALL PROFITS FROM HIS MEMOIRS TO BRITISH LEGION; EXCLUSIVE; We're Not Getting into Debate about His Conscience, We're Just Happy to Take His Money, Say British Legion
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor TONY BLAIR is to donate all the profits from his memoirs to a new sports centre for badly injured soldiers to "honour their sacrifice". He is handing over his reported [pounds sterling]4.6 million...
Boris Race Inquiry at Scotland Yard to Run [Pounds Sterling]70,000 over Budget
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent THE Mayor's review of the Metropolitan Police's efforts to tackle discrimination ran tens of thousands of pounds over budget, it was revealed today. The final bill for an independent inquiry into how...
Budget Watchdog Warns of Double Dip Recession as He Steps Down
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE country's outgoing economics watchdog today admitted he was "not confident" that the country can avoid a double-dip recession. Sir Alan Budd said that he still believed that continued growth was more likely...
Budget Watchdog Warns of Double Dip Recession as He Steps Down
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE country's outgoing economics watchdog today admitted he was "not confident" that the country can avoid a double-dip recession. Sir Alan Budd said that he still believed that continued growth was more likely...
China Outstrips Japan to Take World No2 Slot
Byline: Hugo Duncan CHINA today overtook Japan as the world's second-largest economy as its 30-year march from Communist isolation to global superpower gathered pace. Officials in Tokyo said Japan's economic output in the second quarter totalled...
CINEMA - IT'S A GAS, GAS, GAS; Petrol Stations Evoke a Wonderful Sense of US Nostalgia. Now, as Olivia Cole Reports, a Group of London Architects Are Creating Their Own Cinematic Homage to the Iconic Gas-Stop Forecourt
Byline: Olivia Cole EVEN without the oily spectre of BP on Gulf Coast beaches, if you tried to equate petrol stations with poetry you may raise eyebrows. But from Edward Hopper to The Great Gatsby, where Daisy's husband romances his mistress Myrtle...
Clegg Stirs Up Coalition Row over Trident on His First Day in Charge
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor NICK CLEGG tore open Coalition tensions over the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent on his first day as stand-in for Prime Minister David Cameron. The Liberal Democrat leader openly questioned whether...
Club Will Help Cole Clean Up His Image
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA chairman Bruce Buck today revealed the club want to help Ashley Cole improve his image in order to make him more settled at Stamford Bridge. Cole wanted to quit Carlo Ancelotti's Double winners...
Dying Game Will Never Stand the Test If Cricket's Rulers Don't Learn to Cut Back
Byline: Jason Cowley THERE'S something about cricket in this country that encourages nostalgia and even melancholy. As long ago as 1970 John Arlott wrote: "It may be true that English cricket as we know it is dying." The title of Duncan Hamilton's...
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Very, very disappointing performance by Arsenal. We dominated possession but we had no penetration in the final third. But to come away with a point from Anfield is always a good result considering we were without our best player and captain Fabregas,...
Find New Ways to Tackle Poverty
THERE is no doubt that your Dispossessed Campaign has been a great success, as much for the issues it has raised as for the money. With public spending being cut, there is a much bigger role for private generosity in helping create a fair society....
Gates Crashing the Mobile Party
Byline: TECH KNOW BY MARK PRIGG MICROSOFT'S attempts to take on the might of Apple, BlackBerry and the rest of the mobilephone market has so far been easy to describe -- shambolic. The firm has made several attempts to create a version of Windows...
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Gunners' New Faces Are Given a Rough Ride at Anfield
LAURENT KOSCIELNY and Marouane Chamakh made their debuts for Arsenal at Anfield. James Olley runs the rule over Arsene Wenger's summer signings. KOSCIELNY: One of the more memorable debuts in recent times. Dealt with Liverpool's penchant for diagonal...
I'll Be a Major Player Soon, Insists McIlroy; Northern Irishman Says He Will Win One of Golf's Top Prizes after Going So Close Again in the US PGA. David Smith Reports
Byline: David Smith RORY McILROY today put his play-off heartbreak at the US PGA Championship behind him by insisting he's ready to win a Major. The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland, who finished third in last month's Open at St Andrews, would...
'I'm Sorry I Hid HIV from My Lovers'; Eurovision Singer Apologises to Court for 'Wrongly Handling' Her Disease
Byline: Allan Hall in Berlin GERMANY'S top girl-band singer apologised to a court today for having sex with men without telling them she carried the virus that causes Aids. Nadja Benaissa, 28, told justices at the district court of Darmstadt:...
It's a Story with Ups and Downs as the Oil Sector Takes Centre Stage
Byline: Nick Goodway MARKET ROUND-UP GOSH, gush, gush. It was all about oil on the big board today. Despite several days of speculation and unguarded rumour-mongering, Vedanta's eventual [pounds sterling]5.4 billion Indian takeaway deal to buy...
Kelly's Death Hurts -- He Was like Our Dads
Byline: Sam Leith YES, I reckon there should be an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. Not because I think he was knocked off by MI6. Pace members of the paranoid schizophrenic community, mature democracies don't normally go about assassinating...
Let's Forget Tiki Taka Now Thwicky Thwacka Is Back
Byline: Dan Jones 'VISIT SPAIN', said the digital hoarding at Anfield. As an advertising slogan it has much to recommend it. The simple beauty of a three-syllable imperative. An intellectual circularity. As in: 'Visit Spain. Why? Well, you'll have...
Marchioness Survivor Braves Fear of Water with Thames Charity Swim
Byline: Juliet Conway A SURVIVOR of the Marchioness disaster has braved the Thames for the first time since the fatal accident 21 years ago. Consultant Philip Robinson, 47, of Covent Garden, swam 13 kilometres of the upper reaches of the river...
MATT IS MORE; Whether It's Cars or Bags, Lipstick or Bikes, There Is Only One New Black, Declares Oliver Franklin
Byline: Oliver Franklin NOPRIZES for guessing what the new black is. From grand pianos to patent pumps, fashion's most enduring trend has never lost its gloss -- until now. Designers this season are shunning sheen in favour of the matt look. But...
Met Officers Visit Latvia to Investigate Killing of Mother and Daughter
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger TWO Metropolitan Police officers have flown to Latvia as part of investigations into the killings of a mother and daughter in south-east London. Pharmacy technician Svetlana Zolotovska, 40, was found with her throat...
Murray Targets US Open after Slamming Big Two
Byline: Chris Jones ANDY MURRAY confirmed his status as one of the favourites for the US Open as he completed one of his "best ever weeks" by defeating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5 to retain his Toronto Masters title. Despite being without a coach...
Nightclub Maniac Who Used 4x4 as Lethal Weapon Is Jailed for Life
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THIS image shows the moment before a clubber was tossed into the air and nearly decapitated when he was hit by a speeding 4x4 during a night out. Gary Johnson died instantly when he was struck by the Mitsubishi Shogun on...
No Hardship Has Produced a Bored Generation
Byline: Sam Leith Rosamund Urwin ENNUI has been decreed this year's fashionable affliction. "I'm bored" was once a phrase regularly uttered only by children. Now, the two-word whinge has become the chief complaint of the most self-indulgent of their...
Now Lib-Con Social Mobility Replaces Socialist Equality; While the Coalition Signals Its Commitment to Improved Life Chances, Labour Is Retrenching into Egalitarianism
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona IT IS almost 90 years since a Liberal was at the helm of the nation, and the road that leads from Lloyd George to Nick Clegg has been long and winding. The rebirth of Liberal England, to adapt the famous title of George...
Now Spurs Back Our Campaign to Change Lives; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND; Standard's Campaign 'Has Our Total Support'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR today became the first Premier League football team to back the Standard's Dispossessed campaign. The club's management and players were moved by the stories of poverty in London and decided they wanted...
OKA Rules, OK Yah! Annabel Astor, David Cameron's Mother-in-Law, Is Co-Founder of a Multi-Million-Pound Interiors Company, Favoured by Tory MPs, That Brings Upper-Class Taste to the Aspiring Middle Classes
Byline: Anne McElvoy THE solution to a lot of our current dissatisfactions must surely be to become a lot more like Clan Cameron. Dave and Sam have an appeal beyond the mere electable. It suggests what we used to call lifestyle -- a sense of ease...
Page Starts New Chapter with a Leap to [Pounds Sterling]32.5m
Byline: Nick Goodway THE chief executive of recruitment agency Michael Page today declared that there is now "a war on for the most talented people in the City" as mega-takeovers and deals are back. "Long may it continue," Steve Ingham said....
Pakistan Warns of Fresh Bout of Heavy Flooding
Byline: Ashraf Khan Associated Press HEAVY rain lashed the makeshift camps housing Pakistan's flood survivors today and authorities warned of more flooding this week, adding to the urgency of the massive international relief effort. Hundreds...
Parents Must Repay Loans as Childcare Scheme Is Scrapped
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health and Social Affairs Correspondent HUNDREDS of parents have been hit by the axeing of a childcare scheme set up to help cash-strapped families. The London-wide pilot is the latest victim of government cost-cutting...
Ponting Eyes New Ashes Whitewash Down Under
RICKY PONTING today warned England they face another 5-0 thrashing in this winter's Ashes series in Australia, writes Tom Collomosse. England hold the urn after overcoming Ponting's team 2-1 in this country last summer but their task is likely to...
Proms 2010; What Else Is New
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON RPO/LITTON SATURDAY'S Bach Day at the Proms began with the genuine article: the six Brandenburg Concertos in exuberant but stylish performances by the English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner. By teatime, organist...
Reluctant Hero Stands out from the Crowd; Edinburgh Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD DANIEL KITSON'S IT'S ALWAYS RIGHT NOW, UNTIL IT'S LATER Traverse PHEW, at last. This is the only five-star show of this year's Fringe, and one so magnificent it makes you wonder why most of the others even bother trying....
RSA Hots Up the Pace in Its Push for a Sell-Off by Aviva
Byline: Simon English RSA upped the ante in its bid to acquire Aviva's home and car insurance assets today, attacking its target for pursuing an outdated strategy. It emerged on Friday that RSA had made an informal [pounds sterling]5 billion...
Rugby Star Plays Again after Cousin's Shooting
Byline: Kiran Randhawa ENGLAND rugby star Paul Sackey has returned to the game just weeks after his cousin was shot dead in London. The flying winger made his debut for top French club side Toulon at the weekend, less than two months after 35-year-old...
Shortage Boosts Popularity of the Part-Time Degree
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent TENS of thousands of students are planning to study part-time degrees because of a shortage of full-time courses, universities said today. Growing numbers of school-leavers are choosing to work while they...
Shortages Force Students into Part-Time Degrees
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent TENS of thousands of students are planning to study part-time degrees because of a shortage of full-time courses, universities said today. Growing numbers of school-leavers are choosing to work while they...
Sleepless Nights and Fake Tans as New One Show Hosts Get to Work
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent REPLACING Christine Bleakley on the One Show sofa would be understandably nerve-wracking for any presenter. But to relative unknown Alex Jones, the daunting prospect of taking over the popular programme...
Song and Dance of the Revolt; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS FUENTE OVEJUNA Southwark Playhouse, SE1 TANGRAM Theatre's new version of Fuente Ovejuna is billed as "a pastoral tragicomedy with songs, romance and lynching', which makes it sound like a mixture of Quentin Tarantino, As...
Spurs Star Who Takes the Tube Proud to Help Ease Plight of London's Poor; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: Peter Dominiczak HE is a multi-millionaire footballer who takes pride in travelling on the Tube like ordinary Londoners. Today Tottenham Hotspur star Benoit Assou-Ekotto said he was moved to donate to the Dispossessed Fund after picking...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 It's only been a month since Saturn returned to accent close relationships, but you're beginning to recognise that things can't continue as before. The fact is, what were once exciting alliances...
Supercars, Super Tickets: [Pounds Sterling]4m Owed in Parking Fines
Byline: Felix Allen WEALTHY supercar owners who brazenly flout parking rules owe millions of pounds in unpaid fines to London councils. Foreign-registered Bugattis, Lamborghinis and Ferraris -- many flown in from the Middle East by private jet...
Super-Rich Boost Property Market with Swoop on [Pounds Sterling]5 Million Homes
Byline: Sri Car michael Consumer Affairs Reporter "TROPHY" homes are selling at a nearrecord rate, heralding a wider recovery in London's property market, estate agents claimed today. The total value of [pounds sterling]5 million-plus houses...
The Head Chef Who Helps You Cook Dinner; Boss of Leading London Venue Will Teach You in Your Own Kitchen
Byline: Alistair Foster IT COULD be the ultimate cheat for dinner party hosts. A top London chef is offering to visit your home and teach you to cook the perfect meal. Mickael Weiss, executive chef at Coq d'Argent for a decade, has launched a...
The Rules How to Succeed as a Restaurateur by Hugo Warner
Byline: Victoria Stewart HUGO Warner, 40, is cofounder of the Benugo restaurant business started by himself and his brother, Ben, 45, in 1998. Their first outlet was a small cafe in Clerkenwell, which was made popular by locals within two weeks...
Vedanta and Cairn Soar after Their Deal in India
Byline: Hugo Duncan INVESTORS piled into Vedanta Resources and Cairn Energy today after the pair unveiled a deal worth nearly $10 billion ([pounds sterling]6.4 billion) in India. Vedanta, the Indian mining group, said it will buy a majority stake...
Vedanta and Cairn Soar after Their Deal in India
Byline: Hugo Duncan INVESTORS piled into Vedanta Resources and Cairn Energy today after the pair unveiled a deal worth almost $10 billion ([pounds sterling]6.4 billion) in India. Vedanta, the Indian mining group, said it will buy a majority stake...
Wenger Has to Address the Holes in His Defence; Anfield Comeback Shows Arsenal Have the Spirit to Challenge for the Title but Familiar Failings Remain a Concern. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley LIVERPOOL 1 ARSENAL 1 WHILE Arsenal emerged from their opening Premier League clash with credit in a variety of areas, Arsene Wenger was treated to a reminder of the two improvements that must surely be made this month if a title...
Wife 'Beat Husband to Death with Hammer before Attempting to Leap off Beachy Head'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A WOMAN battered her husband to death before trying to throw herself off Beachy Head, it was claimed today. The 56-year-old, named locally as Sally Challen, allegedly murdered her partner Richard before driving more than...
Wife 'Killed Husband with Hammer' Then Tried to Jump off Beachy Head
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A WOMAN battered her husband to death before trying to throw herself off Beachy Head, it was claimed today. The 56-year-old, named locally as Sally Challen, allegedly murdered her partner Richard before driving more than...
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WOULD YOU PAY [Pounds Sterling]70 FOR A T-SHIRT?
Byline: Karen Dacre FOR seasoned fashion-folk the search for a simple white T-shirt used to stop at a [pounds sterling]7 style from dear old M&S. But nowadays, thanks to a rush of upmarket jersey brands hitting our department stores, shopping...
Zulqarnain Injury Is the Latest Blow for Pakistan
Byline: writes Tom Collomosse PAKISTAN wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider is in danger of missing this week's Third Test against England because of an injury, writes Tom Collomosse. Zulqarnain, who scored 88 on his Test debut at Edgbaston this month,...
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