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Articles from September 12, 2011

Afghans 'Fear Civil War and Resurgence of the Hated Taliban'
Byline: Robert Fox In Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan "THE YEARS after the attacks on the Twin Towers have brought some good changes for us in Helmand -- foreign troops and a lot foreign help. But there are problems, too. Looking to the future, we are...
All Blacks Must Deliver or a Nation Will Go into Mourning for Another Four Years
Byline: Jason Cowley [bar] ERHAPS the most fascinating sub-plot of the rugby World Cup is waiting to discover whether the hosts and favourites will buckle under the expectation, as they have at tournaments past. Think back to the 1999 World Cup...
Another Blank Day Leaves Jackett Requiring Striking Solution
Byline: Marco Giacomelli KENNY JACKETT is trying to solve Millwall's goalscoring problems after they went down 3-0 to Birmingham at St Andrew's. It was Millwall's fourth Championship match without a win and also the third League game in a row...
Ballack Ready to Spring a Surprise on His Return to Stamford Bridge
Byline: Simon Johnson and Jamie Ptaszynski MICHAEL BALLACK has warned Chelsea that Bayer Leverkusen are capable of pulling off an upset when the teams meet in their opening Champions League game at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. Ballack is playing...
Banking Reforms Could Raise Customer Charges
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GEORGE OSBORNE today backed historic reforms of Britain's banks as the economic crisis deepened with a fresh wave of grim news. The Chancellor vowed to implement sweeping changes to the City...
Bid to Advance Autism Education; New Report Outlines Key Themes and Practices Schools Can Employ to Improve Provision for Autistic Pupils, Says Sarah Richardson
Byline: Sarah Richardson ABLUEPRINT for the education of children with autism has been outlined in a new report. Commissioned by the Autism Education Trust (AET), the report identifies key themes and recommended practices which all schools can adopt...
BRITISH WIFE 'HELD BYAL QAEDA GANG'; WOMAN KIDNAPPED BY ISLAMISTS NOT PIRATES, SAY KENYAN POLICE Husband Killed as He Tried to Resist Capture by Bandits ?HELICOPTERS HUNT REBELS WHO KILLED HUSBAND AT RESORT
Byline: Tom Harper THE Kenyan army today deployed helicopter gunships and speedboats to search for a British woman as fears grew that she has been kidnapped by Islamist militants. Scores of soldiers and police officers were scouring a large area...
Cameron Urges Russian Hosts to Fight Corruption
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor, in Moscow DAVID CAMERON today appealed to Russia's leaders to crack down on widespread state corruption or lose out on trade and investment opportunities. In a blunt message, the Prime Minister said companies...
Can Barlow Replace Richie All on His Own? It's Easy on a Sunday Evening
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD RADIO 2 LIVE IN HYDE PARK Hyde Park, W1 SUCH is the power and reach of Radio 2 that when headliner Lionel Richie pulled out of last night's extravaganza citing a mixture of "ill-health" and having to finish an album, Britain's...
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Chic
Byline: Emma McCarthy BIRDS have missed the memo informing them that winter is on its way and are refusing to migrate. Instead they have taken to roosting in our high street stores: our feathered friends are popping up on everything from dresses...
Civic Mayor Told to Catch a Cab When He's Wearing Official Robes
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent THE Civic Mayor of Tower Hamlets, complete with full ceremonial regalia, will have to travel to official engagements in black cabs after a row with the elected leader of the borough. Mizan Chaudhury,...
Desire Is on the Skids as It Fails to Update Disappointed Punters
Byline: Rosamund Urwin NO news was certainly not considered good news today by long-suffering investors in Desire Petroleum. Shares in the Falklands oil explorer -- dubbed "Disaster Petroleum" by City jokers -- sank 2p to 191/4p after the company...
Disney Goes 'Transmedia' for iPad Generation
Byline: Gideon Spanier [bar] DULTS are changing their behaviour but kids are born into this," says Tricia Wilber, the Walt Disney Company's chief marketing officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as she explains how so many young consumers...
Don't Kick Vickers into the Long Grass
THE banking reforms set out in Sir John Vickers's report today are backed by all three major parties and have the support of the public. The proposals -- to separate out banks' retail and investment operations and increase their capital requirements...
Engineer Charter Accepts [Pounds Sterling]1.5bn US Takeover Offer
Byline: Lucy Tobin ANOTHER British engineering company looks set to fall into foreign hands after toolmaker Charter International agreed today to a [pounds sterling]1.5 billion US takeover. The deal could still spur a fresh bidding battle: Charter...
Former Child Actor Wins US Tennis Title and Now Has His Sights on Murray
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A FORMER child actor is hoping to replace Andy Murray as the UK's top tennis star. London teenager Oliver Golding yesterday became the boys' US Open champion as Murray crashed out of the senior tournament to Rafael Nadal...
French Police Quiz Strauss-Kahn over Writer's Rape Claim
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris FORMER International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was today being quizzed by French police over the alleged attempted rape of a young writer. He attended a central Paris police station to answer questions...
Gaddafi Son Finds Safe Haven in Niger
Byline: Richard Porritt COLONEL GADDAFI'S son Al-Saadi was set to be granted refugee status in neighbouring Niger today after fleeing Libya as troops close in on his father. A convoy carrying Al-Saadi and nine others crossed the desert border...
Gambling to Keep Savings Safe
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor MOST consumers will be delighted to hear that the "casino arms" of their high street banks will be safely exiled behind the "ring fence" to be set up at the likes of Barclays, Lloyds and NatWest if,...
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...
Girls in a Whirl
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD RESPECT LA DIVA Garrick, WC2 I'M all for sisters doin' it for themselves but I like to feel they've thought it through properly first. Unfortunately this tacky show, which celebrates great female singers from the Fifties...
'Gutted' Broad Is Sidelined Again
Byline: Tom Collomosse STUART BROAD is likely to face another spell on the sidelines after tearing a muscle in his upper arm in yesterday's tied one-day international against India. Broad looks certain to miss England's next three matches --...
Harry Makes Record 18 Billion Euro Trade; Famous Faces Pick Up the Phones at City Firm's 9/11 Charity Fundraiser; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: David Cohen PRINCE HARRY became a trader at a record-breaking charity event today to raise money for the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund and other good causes. The prince took to the phones and made a massive 18 billion euro trade...
Harry Makes Record 18bn Euro Trade; Prince Takes to the Phones at City Firm's 9/11 Fundraiser for Charity THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: David Cohen PRINCE HARRY became a trader at a record-breaking charity event today to raise money for the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund and other good causes. The prince took to the phones and made a staggering 18 billion euro trade...
Holiday Jet's Two Forced Landings in Fumes Scare
Byline: Emer Martin A BUDGET airline jet was forced to make two emergency landings when fumes twice entered the cabin as holidaymakers returned from Spain. The Ryanair flight from Girona to Stansted made a "mad" and "incredibly fast" landing in...
Hospital A&E 'Saved' by PM Faces the Axe; Chase Farm Closure Plans Could Be Given the Go-Ahead
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent HOSPITAL closures affecting up to 800,000 patients could be announced today. Chase Farm Hospital, which David Cameron pledged to save while in opposition, is expected to see its A&E and consultant-led...
I Don't Blame the Archbishop for Moving On
Byline: Sam Leith [bar] Y OLD school chaplain -- who as an army padre during the Eighties had been a crack shot with a sniper rifle -- once announced from the pulpit: "Boys, I have two roles in life. I am a soldier, and I'm a schoolteacher." (History...
I'm over Swimming, Says Walliams
Byline: Rob Parsons DAVID WALLIAMS declared today that he is "over swimming", as he closed in on the finishing line of his 140-mile effort to complete the length of the Thames. The comedian has fought illness to swim in pitch-black water 12 hours...
It's Another White Knuckle Ride for England
Byline: Chris Jones [bar] GAINST a mountain backdrop which provides thrillseekers with every possible way to forget their troubles, Jonny Wilkinson chose to head to the training pitch and kick rugby balls through the posts after his nightmare in...
Jol Must Throw in His New Signings to Help Fulham Get the Best from Bobby
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent FULHAM 1 BLACKBURN 1 [bar] T speaks volumes for the importance of the summer transfer window that a team whose campaign began in June can still so markedly resemble a work in progress in early September....
Jol Needs to Throw in New Signings to Help Get the Best from Bobby
Byline: James Olley FULHAM 1 BLACKBURN 1 IT speaks volumes for the importance of the summer transfer window that a team whose campaign began in June can still so markedly resemble a work in progress in early September. Martin Jol should...
Key Role for Business Must Be Reaching out to Riot Kids
Byline: Jim Armitage AMONTH has passed since the riots ripped through our city. Yet, for all the invective directed against the "feral" protagonists by our politicians since, there's been too little talk of the most obvious reason for the violence:...
Lapdancing Takes off among Students Struggling with Fees
Byline: Laura Roberts FEMALE students and graduates are increasingly turning to lapdancing to fund their studies, according to a London nightclub chain. About 18 per cent of performers at London's six Secrets venues are in higher education, and...
Lawes Faces Anxious Wait to Learn Fate after Being Cited over Ledesma Clash
Byline: writes Chris Jones COURTNEY LAWES could be banned from key World Cup matches if tomorrow's disciplinary hearing finds him guilty of striking Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma, writes Chris Jones. England's most explosive forward was involved...
Little Alcohol in Sight but Pumas' Fans Raise Spirits
Byline: Henry Swarbrick in Dunedin [bar] HERE is no deeper humiliation than when a once bitter rival pities you. This is the position England found themselves in as they stumbled to a victory over an unfancied Argentina side here in Dunedin. ...
Made in Fulham (Actually); as a Second Series of 'Structured Reality' Show Made in Chelsea Starts Next Week, One of Its Stars, Caggie Dunlop, Tells Priscilla Pollara Why Her Life Is Not Quite as Glamorous as It Might Appear
CAGGIE Dunlop's order for a hot water and lemon at the Troubadour bar in Earl's Court is the only visible sign that the violent stomach bug which has kept her in bed for the past five days continues to trouble her. Looking camera-ready is a daily...
Magic Circle Law Firms Pledge to Open Doors to 'Ordinary' People
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor LONDON'S top law firms have pledged to tackle their exclusive "old school tie" image by earmarking hundreds of work experience places for state school pupils from poorer families. The initiative,...
More Than a Flag Fest
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS OUTSIDE the Albert Hall, a man was touting leaflets for the English Democrats, "putting England first". Perhaps he had some takers but inside the hall the atmosphere was more end-of-term than jingoistic,...
NEW MET CHIEF IS GANG BUSTER; ZERO TOLERANCE CHAMPION CHOSEN AS COMMISSIONER; BORIS AND MAY ANNOUNCE CHOICE FOR TOP POLICE JOB; New Met Chief Replaces Boss Forced out over Phone Hacking
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor A POLICE chief who backed a zero-tolerance drive against crime gangs is the new head of Scotland Yard. Bernard Hogan-Howe, 53, a former chief constable of Merseyside, was named today as the Metropolitan Police...
New Walk-Through Tube Trains 'Will Cut Number of Deaths and Injuries'
Byline: Sophie Goodchild and Mark Blunden NEW trains should dramatically reduce the number of people killed or seriously hurt on the Underground every year, transport bosses pledged today. Transport for London said extra safety measures such...
Olympics Road Restrictions Revealed; Plan Your Travel Now to Avoid the Disruptions, Warns TfL
Byline: Matthew Beard Olympics Editor THE full extent of restrictions on central London's roads during the Olympics is revealed today. An analysis by the Standard shows that more key routes will be shut or restricted for official London 2012...
Osborne Attacked for Delaying Bank Reforms
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GEORGE OSBORNE today backed historic reforms of Britain's banks but faced a backlash over delaying them for up to eight years. The Chancellor vowed to implement sweeping changes to the City...
PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW JOEY, HE'S REALLY A BIG SOFTIE; as They Prepare to Make Their Debuts for QPR Tonight, Wright-Phillips Says He's Delighted to Be Reunited with the Misunderstood Midfielder EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS believes his strong relationship with Joey Barton will ensure the controversial midfielder makes the headlines for all the right reasons at Queens Park Rangers. The pair are set...
RAF Exhibition Flies the Flag for East European Bomber Crews
Byline: Laura Roberts POLISH and Czech pilots who fought and sacrificed their lives in the Battle of Britain are being honoured by the RAF in a new exhibition. Described as "arguably the most prolific and successful pilots of the campaign" many...
Ranting Williams in Danger of Ban
Byline: Simon Cambers at Flushing Meadows [bar] ERENA WILLIAMS could be suspended from next year's US Open after launching another tirade of abuse towards an official in last night's final. The American was beaten 6-2, 6-3 by Samantha Stosur...
Security Is Sapping US Strength
EFFORTS to make it so difficult to hijack a commercial airliner that nobody has seriously tried, hardening other targets such as federal buildings and raising citizen awareness, go some way to explain why there has not been another mass terror attack...
Shares Plunge as France and Greece Spark Fresh Alarm
Byline: Russell Lynch ALARMS over the financial health of France's biggest banks and a looming Greek default sent shares across Europe plunging today on a Black Monday for European markets. France's CAC-40 was worst hit on a day of turmoil for...
Single-Minded Pursuit
DESTINATION CHILE IF you're thinking this looks like a collection of factory buildings in the middle of nowhere you wouldn't be far wrong. Except this November the 57-room Singular Patagonia hotel opens here, on the shores of the Last Hope Sound, just...
The Algorithms Affecting Your Everyday Life
Byline: Mark Prigg SEARCH It's the algorithm we all rely on pretty much every time we go online but Google's PageRank, the secret to the firm's success, is still a constantly evolving piece of computer code. Google's vast team of engineers makes...
The Banking Revolution Begins; ...but Vickers Gives Industry 8 Years to Put House in Order
Byline: Nick Goodway BRITAIN'S major banks were today given eight years to achieve the biggest shake-up in the industry's history. The Government-backed Independent Commission on Banking said that they should ring-fence their retail activities...
There Are Two Sides to Ring-Fencing, Says the City
Byline: Jim Armitage DON'T go believing that the Barclaysled lobbying against today's ringfencing proposals is a unanimous view among bankers. It ain't. Over the past few days, I've canvassed, off the record, nine of them, ranging from chief...
The Red Stuff Back in Vogue
Byline: Richard Godwin FOR those who view London through the bottom of a glass, 2011 has been the summer of Campari. After the bourbon winter and the spring of gin, the plasma-red Italian liqueur is dominating our cocktail lists. Frank's Cafe and...
The Violation of the Kenyan Paradise I Loved
Byline: Liza Campbell ONE can only imagine the horror of the attack on David and Judith Tebbutt on their first night in Kiwayu Safari Village. Not only has this poor woman had her husband murdered in front of her but she has been dragged off into...
Torres in Trouble after Labelling Chelsea Midfield 'Old and Slow'
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent [bar] ERNANDO TORRES is facing a dressing down from Andre Villas-Boas after seemingly blaming his team-mates for his failure to make an impact at Chelsea. Torres, who has scored just once since his...
'Train More UK Nurses to Cut Foreign Recruits'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MINISTERS should "get a grip" and train more specialist teachers and nurses to prevent posts being filled by migrants, government advisers said today. In an official report, the Home Office's Migration...
Two Men Stabbed as Protesters Clash at 9/11 Memorial Services
Byline: Kirsty Whalley and Justin Davenport TWO men were seriously hurt when they were stabbed in clashes between the English Defence League and Muslim protesters after a 9/11 memorial service in London. The two men are thought to have been on...
United's Float Could Prove an Own Goal for Singapore
Byline: Jim Armitage THE Singapore Stock Exchange is this week expected to rubber-stamp the flotation of Manchester United. I say rubber-stamp because the small-fry exchange is so cock-a-hoop at beating Hong Kong for the glam listing that second...
WELCOME TO THE ALGOWORLD; Suddenly Maths Is Hot -- Algorithms Run Our Net-Driven World and Are Even the Subject of Robert Harris's New Thriller. Sam Leith Reports WELCOME TO THE ALGO OWORLD
Byline: Sam Leith ROBERT Harris's new book, The Fear Index, may on the face of it have the nerdiest premise of any thriller for quite some time. Its hero is not a detective or a secret agent or a maverick investigative journalist. He's a pointy-headed...
We Must Not Let the Bank Lobby Derail This Reform
Byline: Jenni Russell [bar] HIS is about a smallish group of very greedy people using their power to help themselves to a large amount of other people's money. They're capable of bringing the whole market economy to a halt, as they nearly did in...
We Will Never Hand over Spy 'Killer', Russia Tells Cameron
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor in Moscow RUSSIA today rebuffed David Cameron's demand to bring the chief suspect for the London murder of Alexander Litvinenko to justice. In blunt terms, President Dmitry Medvedev declared he will "never"...

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