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Articles from February 28, 2012

Alex's First Mentor Sees Sense in the Cautious Approach
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent THE surprise and disappointment that greeted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's omission from England's friendly against Holland highlights the excitement his potential has generated but it is with a long-term view...
Al Jazeera Ready to Bid for the Premier League
Byline: Mihir Bose AL JAZEERA could be a sensational new bidder to show Premier League football, according to ESPN boss Ross Hair. The current three-season TV deal which saw Sky and ESPN pay a total of [pounds sterling]1.78billion to screen 138...
Artist in Residence: Van Gogh's London Home Goes Up for Sale
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE London house where Vincent van Gogh spent one of the happiest years of his life is up for sale for the first time in living memory. The end-of-terrace "blue plaque" property in Hackford Road,...
A Training Ground for Top Lawyers; the College of Law Is the Ideal Launch Pad for Those Aiming at a Career in Law, Thanks to Its Unrivalled Networks and Programmes
Byline: Sarah Richardson AS A fast-paced, well -connected and professional environment in the heart of London, The College of Law's Bloomsbury Centre is an ideal launch pad for your legal career, providing professional legal qualifications to both...
Average London House Prices Hit Record [Pounds Sterling]351,305 as Buyers Besiege Market
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor LONDON house prices have hit an all-time high after a remarkable new year surge. Homes in the capital changed hands for an average of [pounds sterling]351,305 last month, topping the previous peak...
Banks Come under Fire as Consumer Complaints Soar
Byline: Nick Goodway COMPLAINTS to the Financial Ombudsman over mortgages, life assurance, pensions and general insurance soared in the last half of 2011. The proportion of complaints upheld by the ombudsman also jumped, from just under half (47%)...
Barclays Bashing before Budget Gives Osborne Whip Hand over the Keeper of Banking's Flame
Byline: James Ashton City Editor [bar] T'S a bit like watching out for the cuddly toy glide past on The Generation Game. How far into the Chancellor's Budget day speech will it be before he mentions a clampdown on tax avoidance? There is always...
Breakdancer: Party Girl Sends Emin Art Flying
Byline: Michael Howie and Louise Jury WHEN art dealer Kenny Schachter handed his gallery over to his teenage sons, the star-studded show they curated was intended to celebrate the joy and fun of art. But as the boys' friends joined the opening...
British Newsman Is Rescued from Homs
Byline: Oliver Poole and Richard Porritt WOUNDED British journalist Paul Conroy was "safe and sound" in Lebanon today after being smuggled out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs. His father Les announced the news after two previous failed attempts...
British Newsman Is Rescued from Homs
Byline: Oliver Poole and Richard Porritt WOUNDED British journalist Paul Conroy was "safe and sound" in Lebanon today after being smuggled out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs. His father Les announced the news after two previous failed attempts...
England Chaos Is Hurting Euro Bid, Says Hart
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent JOE HART today admitted the chaos surrounding the England team could affect the preparations for Euro 2012 but backed the players to bounce back strongly. As they gear up for tomorrow's friendly against...
Even Golf Club Members Aren't above the Law
Byline: Sarah Sands [bar] NE of the saddest plays I can think of is Arthur Miller's All My Sons. A businessman called Joe Keller is accused of shipping damaged plane cylinder heads out of his factory during the Second World War and inadvertently...
Firms Face Ban on Non-EU Workers
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor BUSINESSES could be barred from bringing in skilled staff from outside Europe if they do not employ enough British workers. The aim of official proposals unveiled today is to stop companies shipping...
From Russia without Love
Byline: Caggie Dunlop LAID IN CHELSEA RECENTLY, I've been seeing a man who was practically perfect. Talented, charming, intelligent and handsome. I felt -- I imagine -- like Marilyn Monroe must have during the early stages of her romance with Arthur...
Get Dogs Back on Track, Says Minister
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A CALL for the return of dog racing to Walthamstow stadium is being backed by a Cabinet minister. Iain Duncan Smith wants Mayor Boris Johnson to intervene after a study that claimed a major housing scheme planned...
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...
Go for That University You Can Bank on; with Professionally Accredited Postgraduate Programmes, London South Bank University Is Popular with Career-Focused Students
Byline: Sarah Richardson [bar] N a challenging jobs market, taking a postgraduate degree can give you a point of differentiation, improved skills and knowledge -- even a safe berth while the recession continues to bite. But fewer and fewer graduates...
Harrison Must Plan for When Costa's Phenomenal Run Ends
Byline: Simon English [bar] LAN Parker was entirely unflappable as chief executive of Whitbread and little has changed now he's chairman of Mothercare. Attempts at mockery -- "Is Whitbread the most depressing business in Britain?" it was fun to...
How to Save It
RE-TUNE FOR LESS Anyone with an analogue terrestrial television will find it stops working in April when the signal is going to be switched off. From then on, the whole of London will have access to Freeview, so you don't have to go out and spend hundreds...
Key to Cranking Up Industry
Byline: Anthony Hilton VINCE Cable delivered a brave speech yesterday, saying it was not enough for Government simply to sit on the sidelines and leave industry and commerce to deliver the growth this country needs -- the country needs an industrial...
Killer Who Boasted on Facebook Guns Down Classmate in Canteen
Byline: Richard Porritt A TEENAGE killer who went on a gun rampage at his high school left a note on his Facebook page saying: "Die, all of you." T J Lane opened fire on his classmates, killing one and wounding four as they sat in the canteen...
London House Prices Hit Record High of [Pounds Sterling]351,305 as Buyers Besiege Market
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor LONDON house prices have hit an all-time high after a remarkable new year surge. Homes in the capital changed hands for an average of [pounds sterling]351,305 in January, topping the previous peak...
Molto Milano
Byline: Karen Dacre Fashion Editor SEX. Nobody sells it quite like the Italians. A sentiment that was reaffirmed at the latest Milan Fashion Week, which concluded yesterday. London's biannual fashion event is known for its dedication to breakthrough...
Morgan's Test Future Doubt as He's Dropped by England
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] OIN MORGAN has paid for a wretched two months against Pakistan by being left out of England's squad for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The Middlesex...
Morgan's Test Future Doubt as He's Dropped by England; Struggling Batsman Is Axed for Sri Lanka Tour and Selector Admits He Could Now Find It Difficult to Regain His Place
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] EOIN MORGAN has paid for a wretched two months against Pakistan by being left out of England's squad for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The Middlesex...
Mother Stops Daughter Playing in Garden after Frightening Fox Attacks
Byline: Miranda Bryant A MOTHER said today she will not allow her daughter to play in the garden after a spate of fox attacks. Sarah Knight, 38, said she feared for three-year-old Luella's safety after she found a cat she believes was mauled...
Move to Hong Kong Is Not a Prudential Step; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton [bar] BRITISH companies are altogether too casual about threatening to relocate overseas. A US executive would be hung out to dry by press, politicians and public for being un-American if he suggested such a thing and firms...
OCCUPIED 137 DAYS CLEARED IN 137 MINS; ST PAUL'S CAMP PROTESTERS EJECTED AT LAST BY RIOT POLICE St Paul's Expresses Relief and Says Lessons Have Been Learned the Tents Are Gone but Protesters Say Demonstration Will Continue
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger, Michael Howie and Rob Parsons Additional reporting: Rob Parsons AFTER 137 days, a cost of almost [pounds sterling]600,000 to the taxpayer and the resignation of two senior clerics, the St Paul's anti-capitalist camp...
Oil the Place to Be as Bid Rumours Abound amid the Explorers
Byline: Toby Green MARKET ROUND-UP THERE'S no let-up around the oil explorers at the moment. Punters were rubbing their hands with glee today as both Cove Energy and Bowleven jumped on renewed takeover hopes. Cove was given a boost by the...
Our Leaders Are Not Up to the Job; the UK Will Need Another Two Million Managers by 2017, but Where Will They Come from -- Particularly as Many Existing Managers Are Not Up to the Job? by Jackie Switzer and Niki Chesworth
Byline: Jackie Switzer and Niki Chesworth HOW do you rate your boss? HIf you think he or she is ineffective you are not alone. Even among managers, nearly half rate their own manager as ineffective, according to research published today by the HR...
Rebekah's Gift Horse from Met Shows Its Close Ties to Murdoch Newspapers
Byline: Tom Harper Investigations Reporter SCOTLAND YARD loaned Rebekah Brooks a police horse, the Standard can reveal. The 43-year-old former News International chief executive rode the retired horse for a year at her farm in Chipping Norton,...
Rebekah's Gift Horse from the Met Police; LEVESON INQUIRY; EX-MURDOCH CHIEF RODE RETIRED STEED FOR A YEAR, NOW IT'S ON TWITTER
Byline: Tom Harper Investigations Reporter SCOTLAND YARD loaned Rebekah Brooks a police horse, the Standard can reveal. The 43-year-old former News International chief executive rode the retired horse for more than a year at her farm in Chipping...
Royal Walkies; Tomorrow, the Queen Will Open the Jubilee Greenway, a 60km Marked Route Celebrating Her Reign. Trail-Blazer Hugo Vickers Tells How It Links the Capital's Landmarks and Olympic Venues
Byline: Hugo Vickers ON A summer morning in 2008, Jim Walker, director of the Jubilee Walkway Trust, and I set out by bicycle from Queensway in west London to follow a dream. Feeling like explorers, we soon left the familiar territory of Little...
Saracens Are Gearing Up for the Backlash
Byline: Chris Jones [bar] LEX GOODE dismisses the notion Saracens are paying a heavy price for helping revive England's fortunes, despite the Premiership champions winning only one of their last four matches. Sarries remain second in the Premiership...
'Stonking Rate Rise Will Close Down Businesses'
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Correspondent GEORGE OSBORNE today came under pressure to spare firms from a "stonking" rise in business rates when he unveils his Budget next month. MPs and business groups joined forces in a bid to stop the...
St Paul's and the Limits of Peaceful Protest
THE eviction of the Occupy protesters from St Paul's marks the end of a long ordeal for the cathedral, the City and the businesses next to the encampment. What began as an idealistic protest against corporate greed turned into an urban eyesore, an...
Stressed Londoners Biggest Worriers in UK
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor LONDON may enjoy the highest standard of living in Britain but the frenetic metropolitan lifestyle means it is also the nation's anxiety capital, according to new official figures. Londoners worry...
Take the Global Route to ISA Magic
Byline: Lucy Tobin [bar] N little over a month, another ISA investment season will be over -- so it's time to use your [pounds sterling]10,680 allowance or lose it. Up to half can be safely tucked away into a fixedinterest savings account, while...
Tally Ho! Hunt Down the Capital's Vulpine Menace
Byline: Simon Jenkins IHAVE a fox, a big one. Over three feet from nose to tail, she arrived in my garden a month ago and declined to leave when asked to do so. Her pointed black face peered in through the kitchen window each morning, begging for...
Theo Is My Rival but I'm So Glad He Has Strength to Ignore Critics, Says Downing; ENGLAND WINGER IMPRESSED BY WALCOTT'S DISPLAY IN THE FACE OF FLAK FROM ARSENAL FANS WHILE THE NEW HOPE AT EMIRATES STADIUM PREPARES FOR A ROLE AWAY FROM MAIN STAGE
Byline: Simon Johnson OF all the players in the England squad, one could understand if Stewart Downing did not want to speak out in support of Theo Walcott right now. After all, the Arsenal winger has the potential to hinder Downing's own ambitions...
Time to Forget Harry and Go for Pearce
Byline: Patrick Barclay IT is nearly three weeks since Fabio Capello parted company with England and an air of unreality has descended. The Football Association are biding their time -- as if they had any -- while Harry Redknapp blithely asserts...
TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING PRISONERS' WIVES 9PM, BBC1 It's family day at the nick. While the prisoners prepare a buffet of tasty nibbles and set a Punch and Judy show for the kiddies (somewhat tactless, this, what with its cheery drama of a policeman...
Watch out for the Backlash with Saracens Still in Goode Shape
Byline: Chris Jones [bar] LEX GOODE dismisses the notion Saracens are paying a heavy price for helping revive England's fortunes, despite the Premiership champions winning only one of their last four matches. Sarries remain second in the Premiership...
We Should Get Smart about How We Use Sanctions
Byline: Malcolm Rifkind GOVERNMENTS rarely want to be seen to be doing nothing in the face of a humanitarian challenge. This is the dilemma presented by the terrible pictures out of Homs -- but such challenges evidently go far beyond Syria. Because...
'WE WON'T RISK IT ALL TO KEEP THE PREMIER TV CONTRACT'; THE BIG INTERVIEW ROSS HAIR Battle to Show Top-Flight Football Is about to Hot Up but ESPN Chief Insists He Will Avoid Making Same Mistake as Setanta EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Mihir Bose SKY and the Premier League is such a partnership -- it has lasted longer than most marriages -- that talk of a rival seems absurd. Yet Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned television channel, is now seen as a serious contender to Rupert...
What's the Future for the Tube?
BORIS Johnson will not deliver driverless trains within two years. By 2014 the Northern line will have automatic train operation, which is currently in use on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines, but the trains still need a driver in the cab. ...
What Will Taught Me
Byline: Lenny Henry IUSED to hate Shakespeare. To me it always looked like posh blokes in tights with a cabbage stuffed down the front, lisping -- "thee, thou, forsooth". I avoided anything to do with it as you would the ebola virus. This was liberating,...
Whistle-Blower Warden Gets [Pounds Sterling]20,000 but Not His Job Back
Byline: Mark Blunden A PARKING warden who blew the whistle on secret quotas to issue a minimum number of tickets has been awarded [pounds sterling]20,000 for unfair dismissal. Hakim Berkani, 44, was hailed a hero after revealing that wardens...
Whitehall Cost-Cutters Splash out [Pounds Sterling]8.5m Doing Up Their Own Offices
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Correspondent WHITEHALL cost-cutters have spent more than [pounds sterling]8.5 million doing up their London HQ. Ministers were accused of a "ludicrous waste of taxpayers' money" after the bill for renovating...
Whole Again. the Man Left with Half a Head after Fall
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent DOCTORS have rebuilt a man's face using injections of fat from his stomach. Tim Barter, 32, shattered his skull and was left with a large dent in his forehead after falling from a drainpipe. Surgeons...
Widow Demands Hospital Action after Cancer Patient Dies Alone in Hotel Room
Benedict Moore-Bridger THE widow of a cancer patient who died alone after being transferred to a hotel room said today that the hospital should never have let him out -- and called for the rules governing the scheme to be overhauled. Ian Curtis,...
Widow Demands NHS Action after Cancer Patient Dies Alone in Hotel Room
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE widow of a cancer patient who died alone after being transferred to a hotel room said today that the hospital should never have let him out -- and called for the rules governing the scheme to be overhauled. ...
'Years to Find Perfect Violin ... Now It's Gone'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A PROFESSIONAL musician who had her [pounds sterling]25,000 violin stolen on a train pleaded today for the instrument to be returned. Catrin Win Morgan spent eight years looking for the "perfect" violin -- a search...
Your Gateway to a Business Career; Westminster Business School's Upgraded MBA Course Is Based on the Needs of the Contemporary Business World, Says Sarah Richardson
Byline: Sarah Richardson [bar] WHILE a masters in business administration (MBA) remains the gold standard business qualification, it is a significant investment in a tough economic climate for a professional aspiring to senior executive or chief...
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