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Articles from January 25, 2016

Abbott Visits Calais amid Corbyn Asylum Row; Labour MP Heads to 'Jungle' Camp in Bid to Highlight Migrant Plight
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor DIANE ABBOTT today visited the "Jungle" migrant camp at Calais to highlight the plight of thousands trying desperately to get into Britain. The Labour Left-winger, one of Jeremy Corbyn's closest...
Alert over Gangs Link to Terrorists as IS Release New Beheading Video
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor ORGANISED crime gangs across Europe are increasingly linking up with terrorists, a police chief warned today. Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, highlighted the "significant growth" in the faking...
All the Drama of Deadline Day; Pick of the Day
Jason Cundy Kicks Off Tonight, London Live, 7pm At the end of this week a slamming noise will echo through football stadiums, louder than even a teenage Clark Kent throwing some door hinge-bending stroppiness. This cracking boom? The sound of the...
A Miami Masterplan; HOTEL REVIEW FAENA MIAMI BEACH Florida, USA
Byline: GIOVANNA DUNMALL THE first thing that catches my eye at Faena Miami Beach is not its cool, modernist architecture but a blue-and-gold mosaic on the floor with a swirly F at its centre. F stands for Faena; more specifically, Alan Faena, the...
Blue Moon Diamond Tycoon to Buy Lord Rogers Skyscraper for PS270m
Byline: Russell Lynch City Correspondent A FLAMBOYANT Hong Kong billionaire who spent PS50 million on diamonds for his daughter is poised to make a dramatic new swoop on the London property market. A company controlled by Joseph Lau, Hong Kong's...
B&Q Owner Targets PS500m Profit in Battle for DIY Spend
Byline: Simon Neville BRITAIN'S DIY market is set for an expansion war as B&Q's Kingfisher parent revealed a major investment plan just weeks after Homebase's new owners promised to put PS500 million into the business. Kingfisher, which also...
Cheaper Berlin and Lisbon Are Luring London's Crucial Creatives
Byline: Rohan Silva EVER heard of the "Bohemian-Gay Index"? I know it sounds silly but it's actually a serious measurement, created by the influential academic Richard Florida to help explain why some cities have higher levels of economic growth...
City Boss in 'Wild West' Basement Battle; Headhunter 'Trampled over Planning Rules to Make Dig Bigger'
Byline: Matt Watts A WEALTHY City headhunter was today accused of treating Kensington like the Wild West by "trampling over" planning rules to build a mega-basement under his PS5 million home. Ex-trader Stephen Fairholme, 47, was given permission...
Corbyn: Taking 20,000 Refugees Is Not Enough; Labour Leader Says Government Must Do More to Tackle Crisis
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor JEREMY CORBYN today called for Britain to offer a safe haven to far more Syrian refugees than the 20,000 pledged by the Government saying that figure amounted to just "a few Tube trains of passengers"....
Double Act Can Win Title If Leading Man Ozil Plays It Straight
Byline: Tony Evans @tonyevans92a THIS is a season of eye-catching double acts. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have powered Leicester to the top of the Premier League. Sergio Aguero and David Silva transform Manchester City from pedestrian to imperious...
Electra Reviews Strategy after Bramson Victory
Byline: NickGoodway ELECTRA Private Equity today launched a full review of its investment strategy and policy in the wake of New York activist investor Edward Bramson's arrival on the board late last year. Dame Kate Barker, temporarily chairing...
From Tea Trays to Cherries, Schiaparelli Serves Up Food for Thought for Fashionistas
Byline: Karen Dacre Fashion Editor in Paris FLOOR-LENGTH gowns embroidered with coffee cups and brooches fashioned from potatoes were on the menu at couture week in Paris today as the house of Schiaparelli unveiled its latest collection. Taking...
GOSH Got Me into Table Tennis, Says Top Paralympian
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds PARALYMPIAN table tennis player Will Bayley has told how he first played the sport while a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The world champion, 28, who won silver and bronze medals at London 2012, used a set of...
Help Yourself; Wellbeing from Treating Life like a Video Game to Power Posing in the Office, We Put the Latest Selfimprovement Manuals through Their Paces
Better than Before Breaking the snacking habit INSTEAD of staring at Twitter and mindlessly posting crisps into my mouth as I usually would be doing at 3pm, I am having a conversation with a friend who works on the other side of the office. It isn't...
Hold Back on Booking Your Low Season Flights
Byline: says Simon SIMON CALDER I AM about to book a trip to Dubai, New Zealand and Bangkok in November. The travel agent wants a deposit today for half of the trip, followed by a final payment at the end of this month. They say I have to pay it...
Hospital Bosses and Harrods Back King's Road Crossrail Station
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor BOSSES from dozens of renowned west London institutions -- ranging from Harrods to Chelsea & Westminster hospital -- have joined forces to back plans for a new station in King's Road. In a letter...
In DC We're Told That If We Drive and Get Stuck, a Fine Awaits Us; WASHINGTON DC
Byline: Matt Williams LETTER FROM IT'S Monday in the capital but it's far from business as usual. My road and car remain buried in snow, schools are shut, Congress is closed for the week -- will anyone notice? -- and the transport system is operating...
It's Just You and the Bike. Fitness London's Elite Gyms Are Bringing Candlelit Cardio to the Masses -- Time to Embrace the Dark Arts, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst THERE are many compelling reasons to exercise. There are also many compelling reasons not to. Perhaps you find gyrating in a small room faintly naff; perhaps you are slightly revolted by the sight of fellow humans, jelly-legged...
Ivanovic Hails Return to Form of 'Special Ones' Fabregas and Costa
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent BRANISLAV IVANOVIC believes Chelsea are a force to be feared again now that Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa are back to their best. The duo stood out for Chelsea in their 1-0 victory over Arsenal, with...
Konta Proves She Can Mix It with the Best as She Reaches Quarter-Finals; Stunning Victory for British No1 before Murray Follows Up by Demolishing Tomic Paul Newman Reports from Melbourne
Byline: Paul Newman reports MENTAL strength has been the key to Johanna Konta's remarkable run over the last nine months but the British No1 proved here today that she also has the physical resilience to live with the game's best. Konta emerged...
Leading UK Women Unite Behind Campaign to Stay in EU; EXCLUSIVE Lane Fox: Leaving the EU Would Be Disaster for Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor MORE than 50 of the country's most successful women today united in a plea to Britons to choose to stay in the European Union. Women from the pinnacles of business, the arts and science signed a letter to the...
Leading UK Women Unite Behind Campaign to Stay in EU; EXCLUSIVELane Fox: Leaving the EU Would Be Disaster for Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor MORE than 50 of the country's most successful women today united in a plea to Britons to choose to stay in the European Union. Women from the pinnacles of business, the arts and science signed a letter to the...
Lily the Literary Heroine Is Longing to Ditch Those Corsets ... for a Tracksuit and No Bra
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent LILY JAMES has made her name in period dramas -- but now she cannot wait to ditch the corsets for a role which requires "a tracksuit and no bra". The actress, 26, rose to prominence as Lady Rose...
London Needs to Vote for Jeremy Corbyn's Vision of a Better City; Cracking Down on Tax Dodgers and Increasing Public Investment Corbyn Has the Right Economic Strategy
Byline: Ken Livingstone ALTHOUGH London is seen as a big success story, it faces catastrophic problems that this Government is ignoring. Increasingly, global warming means we will need a new and bigger Thames Barrier if we are to avoid catastrophic...
Millions in US Dig Themselves out after Storm That Killed 28
Byline: Matt Williams THE death toll for Storm Jonas climbed to at least 28 as America scrambled to clean up before today's morning rush hour. Among the dead were a mother and her one-year-old son who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their...
Mining and Energy Stocks Nosedive; Market Round-Up
Byline: Clare Hutchison IT was the same old story for the Footsie today, with a rout on commodity and energy stocks taking its toll on the blue-chip index. The culprit was the falling copper price, dragged down once again by concerns of weak...
Mother and Toddler Die in Car as Snow Blocks Exhaust Pipe
Byline: Matt Williams THE death toll for Storm Jonas climbed to at least 28 as America scrambled to clean up before today's morning rush hour. Among the dead were a mother and her one-year-old son who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in their...
My Holocaust Denial Film Takes on the Dangerous Politics of Trump, Says Hare
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent AWARD-WINNING playwright Sir David Hare has lambasted Donald Trump and said his latest film a true-life legal drama starring Rachel Weisz is partly a response to the US presidential hopeful's politics. Sir...
MY JACK IS NOT A JIHADI SAYS HIS MOTHER; EXCLUSIVE Briton, 20, Is in Syria to Help Refugees, Claim family'Jack Is Naive and Misguided We Wake Every Morning Not Knowing If He Is Alive'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE mother of a Briton feared to have joined Islamic State today denied he was a terrorist and insisted he was only helping children in refugee camps. Jack Letts, 20, has been dubbed "Jihadi Jack" after leaving...
MY JACK IS NOT A JIHADI SAYS HIS MOTHER; EXCLUSIVE Briton, 20, Is in Syria to Help Refugees, Claim Family 'Jack Is Naive and Misguided We Wake Every Morning Not Knowing If He Is Alive'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE mother of a Briton feared to have joined Islamic State today denied he was a terrorist and insisted he was only helping children in refugee camps. Jack Letts, 20, has been dubbed "Jihadi Jack" after leaving...
My Wife Died in Sex Game, Says Briton Accused of Strangling Her with Cord
Byline: Gerard Couzens A BRITISH expat accused of strangling his wife with a mobile phone charging cable reportedly claimed she died in a sex game gone wrong. Warren Lyttle, 50, told a judge in Majorca that wife Lisa Jane choked to death in an...
New Battle for Coe as Adidas Ends IAAF Deal; IAAF Lose Adidas Deal
Byline: Matt Majendie Sports correspondent SEBASTIAN COE faces a fresh fight in the fall-out from the scandal which has rocked athletics with adidas ending its multi-million pound sponsorship of the IAAF four years early. And there are fears...
New Coe Woe as IAAF Lose Adidas Deal; IAAF Lose Adidas Deal
Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent SEBASTIAN COE faces a fresh fight in the fall-out from the scandal which has rocked athletics with adidas ending its multi-million pound sponsorship of the IAAF four years early. And there are fears...
No More Mr Nice Guys as Hartley Lands Lead Role
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby correspondent EDDIE JONES today sent out a clear message that England are to be feared again by naming Dylan Hartley as his captain for this season's Six Nations championship. By choosing Hartley, head coach Jones wants...
No More Mr Nice Guys as Hartley Lands Lead Role
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent COMMENT EDDIE JONES today sent out a clear message that England are to be feared again by naming Dylan Hartley as his captain for this season's Six Nations championship. By choosing Hartley, head coach...
Now Uber Rushes to Take on Parcel Couriers with Express Delivery Service
Byline: David Williams UBER is preparing to launch into London's PS4 billion delivery market in a move that will trigger commercial "war on the streets", a report claims today. The cab firm has already revolutionised deliveries in cities including...
Nurturing Students' World-Class Talent; UK Universities Are Helping to Improve the Country's Trade Prospects by Tapping into the Global Skill Set of Some of Their Brightest International Students, Says Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth NTERNATIONAL student numbers have risen by 70 per cent over the past decade and they bring valuable income for universities and colleges. INot only do international students tend to pay higher fees than domestic and EU...
Painterly Pioneer Who Electrified Photography; EXHIBITION
Byline: BEN LUKE SAUL LEITER: RETROSPECTIVE Photographers' Gallery, W1 EASTER RISING THE emergence of colour in photography has echoes of that moment when Bob Dylan went electric. For some, colour betrayed the very essence of the medium. One of...
Players Quizzed by Integrity Unit after Suspicions Raised over Betting
Byline: Paul Newman PLAYERS involved in an Australian Open mixed doubles match that allegedly attracted suspicious betting patterns have been interviewed by the Tennis Integrity Unit. The New York Times reported that Pinnacle Sports halted betting...
Prince Praises Explorer Killed on Antarctic Trek
Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor PRINCE William today paid tribute to explorer Henry Worsley who died on the verge of making a historic Antarctic solo crossing. Former Army officer Mr Worsley, 55, from Fulham, died yesterday in hospital in...
Pushing through the Mountains; the Professional Cycling Season Starts in Mallorca This Week, but There Are Options for Novices Too. Sudi Pigott Gears Up
Byline: Sudi Pigott PEDALLING through groves of lemon and almond trees, I feel totally exhilarated. It helps that there's a former Olympic cyclist setting the pace, and that I'm riding [euro]1,500 worth of serious kit that looks and feels like a...
Riches of New Revolution May Come at a Price
Byline: Hamish McRae city comment WHEN, over the weekend, the grandees in Davos were not fretting about financial chaos, they were talking about something else: the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As my colleague James Ashton noted here last week,...
Saved from the Bin, 'Wonky' Fruit and Veg Finds Place on the Menu
Byline: Miranda Bryant MISSHAPEN or past their sell-by-date fruits and vegetables that would usually end up in the bin are to be transformed into appetising creations at a west London restaurant. Tiny Leaf in Notting Hill, which opens on Thursday,...
Short-Sellers Hit Sainsbury's as Bid Fears Grow
Byline: Michael Bow and Russell Lynch ONE of the world's biggest investors has built up a huge PS47 million bet against Sainsbury's in the wake of its shock bid for Homebase and Argos owner Home Retail Group, it emerged today. The Canada Pension...
South Africa Sitting Pretty after Anderson Overtakes Hadlee with Quick Double
Byline: Chris Stocks in Pretoria JAMES ANDERSON overtook Richard Hadlee to become the fourth-most prolific seam bowler of all time on the fourth morning here but his early double-wicket burst was not enough to wrestle control of this final Test...
South Africa Sitting Pretty after Anderson Overtakes New Zealand Great Hadlee
Byline: Chris Stocks in Pretoria JAMES ANDERSON overtook Richard Hadlee to become the fourth-most prolific seam bowler of all time on the fourth morning here but his early double-wicket burst was not enough to wrestle control of this final Test...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Your ruler Mars has been accenting joint arrangements and ventures since early January. But it's only now that you are fully acknowledging you have no choice but to leave certain crucial decisions...
Super Konta and Murray Hand Britain Rare Double; We've Got Men's and Women's Grand Slam Quarter-Finalists for the First Time in 39 Years
Byline: Paul Newman in Melbourne BRITAIN will have a man and a woman in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in 39 years after Andy Murray and Johanna Konta maintained their winning momentum here today at the Australian Open. ...
Tech Firms Urge Ministers: Relax Visa Rules to Beat Shortage of Skills
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor MINISTERS were urged to ease visa rules for high-tech employees today amid warnings that nine out of 10 of London's new digital businesses are being held back by skills shortages. A plea to open the gates to...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Judith Durah [Letters, January 21] says that the idea of banning Donald Trump from the UK being discussed in Parliament was nonsense, but a democratic government should discuss the concerns of its people. Thousands had signed this petition against...
The Cape Escape; WEEKEND AWAY
Byline: JAMES LITSTON CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA SUMMER may be just a memory in London, but in Cape Town, near Africa's southernmost tip, the mercury is rising. After quietly weathering the winter slow-season (our summer), the return of blue skies...
The PS6,000 a Year Rail Commuter Who Can Only Get a Seat in the Cleaning Cupboard
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A CITY worker who spends more than PS6,000 a year on a rail season ticket sits in a cleaning "cupboard" with wet mops and a bucket due to overcrowding. The commuter has been travelling to London's Liverpool Street...
The Recruiters Lifting Digital Start-Up Stars to New Heights; ENTREPRENEURS
Byline: Jamie Nimmo COULD the City chief executives of the future swap pinstripe suits for jeans and a hoodie? You can't imagine Tesco supremo Dave Lewis or Gavin Patterson, BT's suave boss, rocking up in their weekend clobber or installing ping-pong...
The Secret Weapon of London's Super Wealthy; with 4,000 Calories a Day and Seven Minutes of Exercise Vivenne Talsmat Claims She Make Anyone Beautiful. Susannah Butter Meets an Uber-Guru
Byline: Susannah Butter VIVIENNE Talsmat describes herself as "the best guarded secret in London". This graceful, bright-eyed woman in a purple jumper says her job is to "make women more beautiful", and they can do it through only seven minutes...
The Secret Weapon of London's Super-Wealthy; with 4,000 Calories a Day and Seven Minutes of Exercise Vivienne Talsmat Claims She Can Make Anyone Beautiful. Susannah Butter Meets an Uber-Guru
Byline: Susannah Butter VIVIENNE Talsmat describes herself as "the best guarded secret in London". This graceful, bright-eyed woman in a purple jumper says her job is to "make women more beautiful", and they can do it through only seven minutes...
Unified Transport Is the Way Ahead
BRINGING London's public transport under unified control makes sense, particularly if it means better information and a more rational fares structure. But will we really see big improvements if Transport for London runs the trains [ January 21]? London...
Vertonghen Fears He Could Be Missing from the Run-In
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent JAN VERTONGHEN fears knee and ankle injuries will keep him out of action for a significant part of Tottenham's run-in. Vertonghen was today awaiting assessment on the problem sustained during the...
We Don't Want to Live in a University Safe-Space Bubble; Last Week LSE Was Labelled One of the Most 'Ban-Heavy' Universities in the Country. Now Three Londonstudents Are Fighting Campus Censorship with a 'Speakeasy' Society. Susannah Butter Hears Them Out
Byline: Susannah Butter CHARLIE Parker is talking about a recent debate at the LSE student union. "A woman asked the union officers if they would ban something like a colour if it offended students and the welfare executive said yes," says Parker,...
Wenger Decision Was as Rash as Mertesacker's; Arsenal Boss Played Right into Chelsea's Hands Yesterday by Sacrificing Giroud after Defender per Was Shown Early Red Card
Byline: JamesOlley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENAL CHELSEA PER MERTESACKER'S red card was the pivotal moment in Chelsea's victory at Arsenal but that should not detract from the problems caused by what Arsene Wenger did next. It is easy...
What to Weigh Up If You Want to Make Your Home an Office and Employ Staff
Byline: AskJo Jo Malone, joloves.com Dear Jo I OWN a business designing and making homewares, selling through independent retailers and at fairs. I run it from home and am doing well, largely making the products during the week and selling at weekends....
Why the New Millennial Dad Is All Burnt Out
Byline: Sam Leith AT LONG last, the question is asked: can men "have it all"? Answer: yes. And they don't like it up 'em. According to a new study, younger fathers now juggle work and childcare and the result is that nearly half of "Millennial Dads"...
Women Will Benefit from Staying in the European Union
THE European Referendum is the choice of a generation. Do we choose to be a country that is stronger, better off and safer by staying part of the EU or risk a weaker economy, jeopardise the prospects of future generations and a loss of global influence...
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