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Articles from August 16, 2012

2.5 Million People Need Urgent Aid in Syria, Says UN Chief Amos
Byline: Bo Wilson UNITED Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said today that as many as 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. Baroness Amos, speaking in Damascus where she met prime minister Wael al-Halki and officials this week,...
Abercrombie & Fitch in Savile Row? It Doesn't Suit Us, Say Traditional Tailors
Byline: Simon Freeman and Maxine Frith THEIR last London store opened with loud pumping music, topless male models and a nightclub-style party spilling onto the street. But Abercrombie & Fitch has been warned its new Savile Row outpost cannot...
Alarm at Slump in Pupils Opting for Languages
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent BRITAIN is facing a crisis in foreign languages after the number of students taking A-levels in the subjects collapsed. Today's results highlight the sharp decline in teenagers choosing to study German,...
A Programme Guaranteed to Work
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] T'S a compelling proposition in a challenging economy for prospective students: apply for the Undergraduate 360[degrees] Programme at the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and you will be guaranteed a job...
A Rising Star Is Ready for the Spotlight
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD JESSIE WAW RE Plan B, SW9 FROM Clapham, an English literature graduate and the daughter of a Panorama reporter, Jessie Ware is not your bog-standard pop star in waiting. She does, though, possess the handy holy trinity of...
Assange Jubilant over Asylum Ruling
Byline: Kiran Randhawa, Nicholas Cecil and Peter Dominiczak JULIAN Assange hailed his "victory" today after Ecuador granted him political asylum. The Wikileaks founder said the move was "significant" and thanked staff in the Knightsbridge embassy...
Ben Flies Flag in New Challenge
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE greatest sailor in the history of the Olympics today sailed a Union flag version of his gold medal-winning boat Rita up the Thames. Ben Ainslie, who won his fifth Olympic medal at London 2012, sailed the British-branded...
Boys Beat Girls on Top A-Level Grade
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent ?THE number of top marks awarded at A-level has dropped for the first time in 20 years after a government crackdown on "grade inflation". Thousands of students could now miss out on their preferred university...
Charity Honoured for Saving 'Father' of Paralympics
LONDONER Laura Broadhurst who works for a charity that helped rescue the founding father of the Paralympics from the Nazis is one of nearly 600 people who will carry the torch next week. Jewish neurosurgeon Ludwig Guttmann fled to Britain in 1939 to...
Coalition Should Listen to Boris
SURPRISINGLY, I find myself agreeing with Boris Johnson (Stop pussyfooting around, Cameron, Aug 15). The present Government is inert, with no clue as to how to get Britain working again. Likewise, investment in infrastructure, including muchneeded...
Coulson and Six Others in Court over Hacking
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor FORMER Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson appeared in court today charged with phone hacking in a landmark case. Coulson, 44, stood in the dock at Westminster magistrates' court alongside six others...
Coulson and Six Others Stand in Dock to Be Charged with Hacking
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor FORMER Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson appeared in court this morning charged with phone hacking in a landmark case. Coulson, 44, stood in the dock at Westminster magistrates' court alongside six...
Disability Won't Stop Me Coming 4,000 Miles to Carry Paralympic Flame
Byline: Lindsay Watling A DISABLED schoolboy from Trinidad and Tobago described as an inspiration to his peers will travel more than 4,000 miles to Britain to carry the Paralympic flame next week. Anthony Kipps, 14, born with one leg shorter...
Does Will Self Work the Reader Too Hard?
Byline: TALITHA STEVENSON UMBRELLA by Will Self (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]18.99) WILL Self plainly wants to teach the reader who's boss. Umbrella, which is long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, is a 397-page novel almost devoid of paragraph...
Dog Walker's Romance Knocks Fifty Shades off Ebooks Top Spot
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent AU A THOR Alice Peterson has overtaken Fifty Shades of Grey's "mummy porn" to top the Kindle charts this week with a sweet romance inspired by her dogwalking friends in west London. The Hammersmith-based...
Edinburgh Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD LOVE LETTERS TO THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM Assembly Rooms OH, THE HUMANITY AND OTHER GOOD INTENTIONS Northern Stage at St Stephen's ALL theatre is, to a greater or lesser extent, about our shared humanity, but these two...
Extra Funds Bringing More Success; Anglia Ruskin University Has Invested Millions over Three Campuses and Offers More Than 150 Undergraduate Courses. It Has Also Seen Applications Increase despite Rising Fees
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] T a time when the numbers of UK students applying to start degree courses has slumped by almost 7.4 per cent, one university is bucking the national trend and reporting record levels of applications. As tuition fees...
Fair to Middling
Byline: Emma McCarthy [bar] T'S no secret that fast fashion is on the wane. Since the recession hit in 2008, there's been talk among fashion circles that the priorities of women have changed. Where once there was a preoccupation with value that...
Finn Takes Control but Kallis Is Left Fuming after Controversial Dismissal
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent at Lord's [bar] TEVE FINN took three wickets in seven deliveries as England demolished South Africa's top order this morning but the tourists' talisman Jacques Kallis was furious when he was controversially...
Flexibility Is Key to Getting a Head Start
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] IRKBECK, University of London is encouraging students to consider alternatives to full-time study and apply to one of 80 flexible, evening-taught, undergraduate degrees which can be completed over three, four or six...
Gardens to Stir the Imagination; David Sexton Chooses a Portrait of Beth Chatto's Garden as the Best of the New Gardening Books
Byline: David Sexton THERE is no substitute for visiting a garden and then revisiting it as it changes through the seasons, every gardener knows. No pictures or plans can ever give you the knowledge of a garden that even brief actual experience...
Get through Studies with a Little Help; the University of Bedfordshire Offers Award-Winning Support and Financial Aid to Its Students, Ensuring Everyone Is Able to Relax and Enjoy a Rewarding Academic Experience
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] INANCIAL difficulties, choosing the wrong course, missing friends and family at home -- there are lots reasons why students fail to finish their degrees. Some 22 per cent of students who started courses in 2009 --...
Helping Graduates Access All Areas
Byline: Sarah Richardson [bar] ITH the majority of universities now set to charge fees of [pounds sterling]9,000 a year, many students receiving their A-level results today will wonder whether it is still possible to receive quality higher education...
'Help Others Follow in Mo's Footsteps by Restoring Arena'
Byline: Rob Parsons and Simon Freeman THE derelict athletics ground where Mo Farah's promise was spotted could be turned into a velodrome or triathlon centre after residents campaigned for it to be restored. They say the running track at Feltham...
Hodgson Proves He'll Be England's Flexible Friend
Byline: James Olley In Berne ENGLAND 2 ITALY 1 [bar] OY HODGSON may have had a fleeting chance to begin the task of transforming England into genuine contenders for the 2014 World Cup but work has begun on tackling the biggest problem in improving...
Home Cooking Triumphs
Byline: Melanie McDonagh ONE OF the good things about the unabashed patriotic sentiment this year, what with the Olympics and the Jubilee, is that it spilled over into food. Supermarkets latched onto the trend with real alacrity. So it was a bit...
I Admit I Had a Baby to Get Benefits and a House. but Now I Teach Other Teenage Girls That It's Not Worth It
Byline: Maxine Frith A CHARITY for teenage mothers funded by the Evening Standard's award-winning Dispossessed campaign is saving taxpayers more than six pounds for every pound invested in it. The Straight Talking project is being held up as...
If a Footballer Protested like This, There Would Be an Outcry over It
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] OSTALGIA, huh? It sure does burn. The Olympic flame only went out four days ago, and already newspapers and websites are groaning with stories sentimentalising the Games. Apparently, London 2012 was not just a terrific sporting...
I Thought James Bond Was a Real Person until I Was Seven
Byline: Liz Hoggard JAMES Bond film producer Barbara Broccoli is recalling the moment the Queen made her Bond debut during the Olympics opening ceremony. "The taxi pulled up in front of Buckingham Palace and as soon as the audience saw the outline...
It's Our Business to Make Studying Pay; LCA Business School, with Accounting, Law and Business Courses, Is a Great Option for Students Who Want to Maximise Their Work Experience While Studying for a Degree
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] NYONE looking to start higher education this year has more choice than ever before. London College of Accountancy (LCA) Business School, based near Holborn Circus in central London, is a small, specialist provider...
Jessica, Bradley, Mo -- Now Let's Help the Next Winners
Byline: Tessa Jowell HOW many times in the past few days have people said that Britain has been changed by hosting the Olympics? They want ways of making this different Britain continue. The success of the torch was created by 13 million people...
Laying the Foundations of a Career
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] CENTRAL London college is working closely with employers to prepare higher education students for future employment in their chosen industries. One of the features of the foundation degree at Westminster Kingsway is...
Lego Man's [Euro]500m ISS Deal Exposes Folly of G4S
Byline: Nick Goodway NICK BUCKLES, beleaguered chief executive of G4S, suffered another embarrassing blow today as two major international investors took a huge stake in cleaning giant ISS at a price a fifth below the [pounds sterling]5.2 billion...
Let's Raise a Glass to This Julius Caesar
Byline: FIRST NIGHT JULIUS CAESAR Noel Coward Theatre FIONA MOUNTFORD CURSE the power of West End bar takings and thus the necessity for an interval! When Gregory Doran's allblack, Africa-set Caesar opened in Stratford in June, it hurtled straight...
Life of Ryan
Byline: Jasmine Gardner HEY girl, Ryan Gosling for ever! It's four years since the blog Fuck Yeah Ryan Gosling started posting dreamy pictures of the man captioned with the words "Hey girl," followed by cheesy sweet nothings. But just when we thought...
Man Cried 'Hallelujah' after Being Arrested for Killing His Neighbour
Byline: Simon Freeman A MAN stabbed his elderly neighbour to death before waiting outside his flat to be arrested dressed only in a pair of shorts, neighbours said today. Witnesses said that when police led the suspect away from the gated courtyard...
More Students Take Maths and Science A-Levels
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE number of students taking A-levels in "rigorous" subjects has increased, latest figures show. There has been a rise in the number of teenagers taking maths and science as they prepare to compete...
On a Quiet Day in the City, News of a Takeover Causes a Gold Rush
Byline: Toby Green THE idea of cash for gold was certainly proving appealing today, and investors' eyes lit up at the prospect of some merger and acquisition activity among the yellow-metal producers. After the announcement from Barrick Gold...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH TURN OF MIND by Alice LaPlante (Vintage, [pounds sterling]7.99) ANOTHER Alzheimer's novel. It's brilliant. Jennifer, the narrator, is losing her mind. But she has moments of clarity. She's a former surgeon in her sixties....
Portobello's Paris
Byline: JACKIE J ANNESLEY GOODE & WRIGHT 271 Portobello Road, W11 (020 7727 5552, goodeandwright.co.uk). Open Tues-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm. A three-course meal around [pounds sterling]40 per head with wine. DOWN what used...
[Pounds Sterling]150k for House Damage by Tree 30 Yards Away
Byline: Miranda Bryant A COUNCIL will have to pay more than [pounds sterling]150,000 damages after a poplar tree in one of its parks caused subsidence damage to a home 33 yards away. Josephine Robbins's Thirties-built home in Welling, Kent, began...
Prince Philip 'To Defy Doctors over Workload'
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE Duke of Edinburgh will defy demands to reduce his workload despite his illness, a royal expert predicted today. Hugo Vickers said Prince Philip "wants to keep going" despite a recurring infection. The...
Real Close to Agreeing [Pounds Sterling]30m Deal for Modric
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS expects Luka Modric's future to be resolved in the next few days. Spurs are close to agreeing a fee with Real Madrid for the Croatian to bring the saga to an end. The Spanish giants...
Realistic Results Will Help to Restore Public Confidence
Byline: Alan Smithers POLITICIANS have always welcomed A-level grade inflation because it appeared to say the education system was getting better. But the pass rate has been increasing for so long that public confidence has been reduced -- and...
'RVP GIVES US LOOK OF TREBLE HEROES'; FERGIE: SIGNING WILL MAKE UNITED AS POWERFUL AS '99; 'Robin's Arrival Gives Us the Look of 1999'
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent SIR ALEX FERGUSON said today the arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal will make Manchester United's strikeforce as strong as the one that fired the club to a historic Treble in 1999. Van Persie...
Step Aside, Art -- It's Street Photography's Turn
I AM walking down Euston Road looking for the colour red. Photographer Stuart Beesley is by my side, pointing out the double red line on the street, the red cross on a Saint George flag and turning quickly to take a photo when he spots a woman in a...
STUDENTS LOSE OUT AS TOP GRADES FALL; A-LEVEL RESULTS THOUSANDS MISS THEIR FIRST-CHOICE UNIVERSITY; Scramble for University Places as Thousands Fail to Get Right Grades; as AND a*s DROP FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS AFTER EXAM CRACKDOWN
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE number of top marks awarded at A-level has dropped for the first time in 20 years after a government crackdown on "grade inflation". Thousands of students could now miss out on their preferred university...
Such Promise Wasted
Byline: JANE SHILLING A VERY ENGLISH HERO, THE MAKING OF FRANK THOMPSON by Peter J Conradi (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]18.99) IN A prologue to his biography of the soldier-poet Frank Thompson, Peter Conradi sets out his reasons for writing an...
Surprise Rise in High Street Sales Rocks Gloom-Mongers
Byline: Russell Lynch BRITAIN was in line for another growth boost today as a surprise rise in High Street spending cast more doubt on official number-crunchers' gloomy view of the economy. The 0.3% rise in July retail sales confounded City expectations...
Take a Lesson from the Weather. It Pays No Attention to Criticism
Byline: Charles Saatchi THE revered Finnish composer Sibelius once consoled a young musician after a poorly received concert. "Remember," he said patting him on the shoulder, "there is no city in the world where they have erected a monument of a...
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There's More Than One Career Route
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] CHOOL leavers lack career guidance and are not making informed choices about their future, according to recent research from by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). The report revealed that many 16 to 18-year-olds...
The Writing's on the Canvas
Byline: Brian Sewell EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK TURNER MONET TWOMBLY: LATER PAINTINGS Tate Liverpool PERCEIVING in their dotage some kinship in their handling of paint, their subjects, their melancholy moods and their frustrated sexuality -- "We don't...
'Titch' Can Prove His Talent Is Greater Than His Height
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent [bar] VERY successful sports team must always have an eye on the future. England would not have chosen to live through the latest Kevin Pietersen controversy but his absence gives Andrew Strauss and Andy...
Tories 'Will Lose' Mensch By-Election
Byline: Peter Dominiczak Political Correspondent LABOUR is heading for victory in the by-election caused by the resignation of Tory MP Louise Mensch, a poll has found. Mrs Mensch left David Cameron with an election headache after giving up her...
Toxic Tits -- Hardly a Life Choice for Aspiring Women
Byline: RosamundUrwin [bar] ONG before last Christmas's "toxic tit" scandal, the global breast enlargement business had already shown itself to be ethically expedient. For the first woman to have implants -- in 1962 -- never desired a bigger bosom....
'Turning Our Sports Centre into [Pounds Sterling]800,000 Houses Is a Betrayal of the Olympic Games Legacy'
Byline: John Dunne A COUNCIL was today accused of betraying the legacy of the Olympics by demolishing a sports centre and replacing it with housing. Westminster's plan to close the Jubilee sports centre in Queen's Park has triggered a backlash from...
'United Can Win the Title with Rvp'
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent TOM CLEVERLEY believes Manchester United will have the firepower to reclaim the Premier League title with the imminent arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal in a [pounds sterling]24million move....
Van Persie Exit Shows Flaws in Wenger Argument
Byline: James Olley [bar] OBIN VAN PERSIE'S departure to Manchester United raises tough questions about whether Arsenal can thrive with their admirable business model and if Arsene Wenger's philosophy can ever deliver success in a sport driven by...
We Must Not Become a Nation of Part-Timers; Good Unemployment Figures Belie the Fact That Too Few Full-Time Jobs Are Being Created
Byline: James Ashton City Editor FOR full-time wage slaves packed on the Underground, it could be a glimpse of the good life: knock off at lunchtime; browse the shops; pick up the kids from school. But part-time work brings with it fulltime headaches:...
We Want Next Generation of Nobel Prize Winners to Come to Britain
Byline: Nicholas Cecil talks to immigration minister Damian Green THE POLITICAL INTERVIEW THE visa system must be improved to encourage the most talented artists, musicians and scientists to make a life in Britain, immigration minister Damian Green...
We Won't Give Assange Safe Passage
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Nicholas Cecil THREE people were arrested today outside Ecuador's embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum. Supporters of Mr Assange had gathered outside the embassy vowing...
Will It Be Party Time Again in London? Julian Bennetts Runs the Rule over the Capital's League Clubs to See Whether Any Can Emulate Charlton's Success of Last Term
Byline: Julian Bennetts Charlton Athletic STAR SIGNING Charlton took advantage of Rangers' financial woes to bring in Salim Kerkar on a free and he appears to be an intelligent, ball-playing midfielder who should thrive in the Championship. Championship...
Would You Give [Pounds Sterling]1,000 to a Complete Stranger? LIFE Not Many of Us Would -- Even If We Could Afford to. but Oscar Williams-Grut Meets a Man Whose Generosity Has Already Surprised Nearly 100 People
Byline: Oscar Williams-Grut NOW more than ever, the idea of "something for nothing" is a myth. London's success in hosting the Olympic Games was a result of billions of pounds of investment, while our nation's medal haul came from the millions poured...

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