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Articles from February 25, 2016

A Cyber Catsitter, a PA with AI and an Android with Feelings -- It's the Rise of the Machines; Technology Robot Assistants Are Here to Help Us with Everything from Pets to Shopping, Says Frankie McCoy
Byline: Frankie McCoy ROBOTS are taking over the world. Sure, those being shown at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona appeared to be obeying their human operators -- but it's only a matter of time before the tables turn. Still, until...
Allardyce I Mended Broken West Ham; Ex-Manager Prepared for Boo Boys on Boleyn Return
Byline: Ken Dyer EXCLUSIVE SAM ALLARDYCE today opened up about the depth of the challenge he faced at West Ham, saying the club were "broken" when he took charge. On Saturday the Sunderland boss returns to the Boleyn Ground for the first time...
Allardyce -- I Mended Broken West Ham; Ex-Manager Prepared for Boo Boys on Boleyn returnEXCLUSIVE
Byline: Ken Dyer SAM ALLARDYCE today opened up about the depth of the challenge he faced at West Ham, saying the club were "broken" when he took charge. On Saturday the Sunderland boss returns to the Boleyn Ground for the first time since his...
A Paedophile May Still Be in BBC, Says Chief as Savile Report Is Released
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Ben Morgan, John Dunne and Justin Davenport A PREDATORY paedophile may still be lurking within the BBC despite the Jimmy Savile scandal, its boss admitted today. Director-general Lord Hall apologised to Savile's victims...
Apple Boss: Helping FBI Crack Killer's iPhone Would Be 'Software Cancer'
Byline: Michael Howie APPLE chief executive Tim Cook today accused the US government of asking his company to create the "software equivalent of cancer" to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook. In an interview...
Are You a Crawler? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Best Ways to Impress Your Boss
Byline: Charles Saatchi the naked eye IF YOU have the stomach for it, sucking up to your boss can be effective. But crawling requires subtlety. Nobody likes a brownnoser, neither your colleagues nor the recipient. Simply complimenting your superior's...
A Study That Has Shaped Our Lives
Byline: nick curtis THE LIFE PROJECT: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF OUR ORDINARY LIVES by Helen Pearson (Allen Lane, PS20) REMEMBER Seven Up! and its sequels? The documentary films interviewed 14 British children of different social classes at the...
Blackburn Sacked 'For Failing to Fully Co-Operate with BBC Savile Inquiry'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Ben Morgan, John Dunne and Justin Davenport BBC boss Lord Hall today defended the sacking of Tony Blackburn, saying the veteran DJ had "parted company" with the BBC after allegedly failing fully to co-operate with the Jimmy...
BT Shares Leap as Ofcom Rejects Openreach Split
Byline: Nick Goodway BT MUST open its broadband network further to competitors like Sky and Vodafone, and provide a better service to them, the telecoms regulator ordered today. But Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom, stopped short of the...
Call for US-Style Citizenship Guru at City Hall; Politicians Back Plan for New Deputy Mayor to Aid Integration
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor AN AMERICAN-STYLE Office for Citizenship and Integration should be set up at City Hall to help improve community relations, a report said today. Mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith were urged to...
Chelsea Double-Winner Ancelotti to Be Honoured at Cancer Charity Gala
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds FORMER Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is to be the guest of honour at a charity gala dinner for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Italian, one of the most successful managers of all time, will speak about his...
Choice between Private and State Schools Is Getting More Blurred
Byline: Rosamund Urwin ISUPPOSE I should feel "schoolshamed". Yesterday, as I read how Britain was failing at social mobility, I knew full well that I'm deemed to be part of the problem. A report from the Sutton Trust found that despite state schools...
Conte Can Net PS4.75m a Year at Bridge and That's after Tax
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA are prepared to offer Antonio Conte a three-year deal worth PS4.75million-a-season after tax to lure him to Stamford Bridge. Standard Sport revealed last week the Italy coach had become the...
Donald Trump Refreshes the Parts Other 'Conservatives' Fail to Reach
Byline: Amol Rajan IT HAS already become fashionable in respectable society to argue that Donald Trump is not a conservative. This view, aired ad infinitum after his triumph in Nevada, is now a crutch for those trying to explain the intellectual...
Drink Offenders Must Wear 'Sobriety' Tags; Crackdown on Booze Culture across Capital with Electronic Ankle Monitor
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor THOUSANDS of drunken yobs and drink drivers are to be ordered to wear electronic ankle tags in a crackdown on booze culture in London. The capital is to become the first city in the UK to adopt a scheme of...
Drive Down the Cost of a New Car by Knowing How to Play the System
Byline: David Williams SPRING is around the corner, which means lucky motorists across London will be itching to trade in their old car for something fresh, more appealing and with new features. For many, however, the biggest hurdle is not just...
EU Migrants Can Fill the Skills Gap
MUCH of the debate on Britain's EU membership has centred on the need to reduce the amount of immigration to the UK. However, for businesses reliant on recruiting from the EU talent pool, restricted access to potential employees could prove detrimental....
Fake Play-Doh Fingerprint 'Fools Security Scan to Hack into iPhone 6'
Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter A TECH start-up claims to have hacked an iPhone sensor using a fake fingerprint made from Play-Doh. Vkansee said it created the hack to show the superior resolution of its own fingerprint sensors. The...
Fifty Landlords in PS2m Battle with Foxtons over 'Hidden Charges'
Byline: Matt Watts MORE than 50 landlords from across London have joined a landmark PS2million claim against Foxtons over allegedly "hidden" management fees, which saw one charged more than PS600 to install a new light. The property owners are...
Getting West Ham Back to Big Time Was One of My Biggest Feats; Sam Allardyce Faces a Lively Reception from Fans on His First Return to Upton Park on Saturday. He Talks to Ken Dyer about What Awaits and How His Tenure Should Be Judged
Byline: Ken Dyer AS THE weekend draws near and Sunderland prepare to travel south to play West Ham, some nice things have been said about 'Big Sam' on his first return to the club he led for four years. Co-chairman David Sullivan has been complimentary...
Getting West Ham Back to Big Time Was One of My Biggest Feats; Sam Allardyce Faces a Lively Reception from Fans on His First Return to Upton Park on Saturday. He Talks to Ken Dyer about What Awaits and How His Tenure Should Be Judged Exclusive
Byline: Ken Dyer AS THE weekend draws near and Sunderland prepare to travel south to play West Ham, some nice things have been said about 'Big Sam' on his first return to the club he led for four years. Co-chairman David Sullivan has been complimentary...
Greece: We Are Not Warehouse of Human Souls in Migrant Crisis
Byline: John Dunne EUROPE'S ministers were today locked in wrangling over the migrant crisis after Greece warned it cannot become a "warehouse of human souls". EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels were expected to hear plans drawn up by...
Growing Up in Windsor Castle, Lost in Books
Byline: Politics, party and pillow talk. Edited by Joy Lo Dico AN EVENING for bibliophiles last night, as the Prince of Wales led the charge against the demise of print, calling for the preservation of the country's rare books and manuscripts and...
Hester Delivers a Turnaround Lesson
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT EAT your heart out RBS. Stephen Hester, the bank's former chief executive who was defenestrated after falling out with George Osborne, is now the person charged with restoring the fortunes of RSA, Britain's second-largest...
How a Football Genius Could Tip the Balance in Brexit Vote
Byline: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS Russell Lynch IT'S not Boris Johnson that David Cameron really has to watch out for in this Brexit referendum. Try the left foot of Welsh football genius Gareth Bale, the goalscoring eye of Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik,...
How We Keep Ourselves Going When Solitaire's the Only Game in Town
Byline: jerome boyd maunsell THE LONELY CITY: ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE by Olivia Laing (Canongate, PS16.99) "IT IS possible easy, even to feel desolate and unfrequented in oneself while living cheek by jowl with others," writes Olivia...
I Love You, Deliveroo; Angry Cabbies, Half-Naked Customers and Frozen Fingers -- Jonny Ensall Spends a Day in the Saddle Bringing Sustenance to the Hungover and Hungry
Byline: Jonny Ensall IENJOY cycling around London. I like cutting past long lines of traffic; racing to reach green lights; feeling the breeze on my face or, at least, the warm stream of exhaust fumes spilling out of the number 38 bus. Cycling...
Immigration: It's Not Just about the EU
THE immigration issue is always fraught, not least because different aspects of it are often muddled up. Today's ONS figures show that estimated net migration to the UK was 323,000 in the year to September 2015. This is, in other words, in the region...
Jones to Unleash Confident Itoje on Ireland
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent MARO ITOJE today completed his remarkable transformation from rookie into England starting second-row as coach Eddie Jones finally accepted he could not hold back the versatile forward any longer. The 21-year-old...
Kitstarter; Fitness A Cycling Brand Aimed at Women Is Leading the Pack of Activewear Companies Crowdfunding Their Way to Success, Says Rosamund Urwin
Byline: Rosamund Urwin ALICIA Bamford was climbing a mountain on a charity bike ride between Geneva and Cannes when she had an epiphany. "It was 2010, I was just getting into road cycling and I had been choking up a bit at the challenge," the 33-year-old...
Limos but No Parties as Fifa Picks New Chief; Officials Are Gathering in Zurich to Elect a Successor to Sepp Blatter Tomorrow. but with the Organisation Still Mired in Corruption Allegations, Mihir Bose Finds Officials Very Sombre
THE first thing greeting passengers arriving at Zurich airport is a sign reading "Fifa Congress: Limousine Service". When I ask one of the two young ladies holding up the placard who is entitled to ride in the limos she tells me they are reserved...
Lloyds Talks Up UK Recovery and Pays out Extra Dividend
Byline: NickGoodway BRITAIN is in a longer and more robust recovery cycle than some claim, the boss of Lloyds Banking Group said today, as the former taxpayer-controlled bank cheered investors with an extra dividend payout. "We are seeing robust...
LONDON 11 YEAR OLDS IN SCHOOLS CRISIS; ?Record Number of Pupils Will Not Get Their First Choice of secondaryLondon Children Are Least Likely in UK to Get Their Preferred School
Byline: Anna Davis Education Editor MORE than 28,000 London children will miss out on their first choice of secondary school this year, education experts have predicted. It means that record numbers of 11-year-olds will start in September at...
LONDON 11 YEAR OLDS IN SCHOOLS CRISIS; ?Record Number of Pupils Will Not Get Their First Choice of Secondary London Children Are Least Likely in UK to Get Their Preferred School
Byline: Anna Davis Education Editor MORE than 28,000 London children will miss out on their first choice of secondary school this year, education experts have predicted. It means that record numbers of 11-year-olds will start in September at...
Max Mara Harks Back to Bauhaus for Strong and Sultry Designs
Byline: Karen Dacre in Milan MAX MARA was first on the catwalk in Milan as the Italian luxury label unveiled a collection that suggested it had looked to Berlin to create its latest offering. Inspired by New Machine Age girls and the idea that...
Meningitis Jab Could Stop Other Children Suffering like I Did; PARALYMPIAN WHO LOST HIS LEGS TO DISEASE AT 15 CALLS FOR VACCINE TO BE OFFERED MORE WIDELY
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor A PARALYMPIAN today called for the meningitis B vaccine to be offered more widely to children as he told how he had to have his legs amputated when he was struck down by the disease as a teenager. Aaron Phipps,...
Misfits the Unsung Heroes at Work; We Have All Come across the Types of People Who Are Frustrating to Work with, Challenging and Obsessive, but They Have Their Positives, Because These Game-Changers Are the Ones That Make Big Things Happen, Writes Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth APPLE'S 1997 Think Different campaign makes outsiders sound like the heroes every organisation needs. "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see...
Most Voters Don't Trust Europe to Leave Cameron's Reform Deal Intact
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor VOTERS do not believe David Cameron's flagship EU reforms will ever be delivered in full, a damning opinion poll reveals today. A clear majority do not trust European politicians and officials not to water...
Musical Stars Band Together for West End Run; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds THIGH-HIGH shiny red boots with sixinch heels are not your traditional running gear but that's not stopping West End star Jamie Baughan. The actor, who plays Don in Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots, joined cast members from some...
'My Documentary about Film Maker Is Up for Oscar and I'm Really Honoured He Likes It'
Byline: Etan Smallman A JOURNALIST from London who has been nominated for an Oscar for his first film is almost as honoured to have received praise from his documentary's subject, an internationally revered movie-maker. Adam Benzine, 33, took...
National Express in Fast Lane as Profits Surpass City Hopes
Byline: market round-up Jamie Nimmo NO sign of the wheels coming off for National Express. Shares in the coach-and-trains operator resumed their journey north today after strong annual results. The company, which also runs the famous yellow...
Neighbours: Hey Jude, Your Party's Too Loud
Byline: David Churchill JUDE LAW is at the centre of a row after police were called by neighbours over a party at his north London home. Neighbours today described being woken in the early hours of Sunday by "really awful" music which was likened...
Noise from Night Tube 'Could Drive Residents to Threaten Suicide'
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor INCREASED noise disturbance from the proposed Night Tube could drive residents to threats of suicide, a Transport for London report has warned. Its risk assessment of the 24-hour weekend service also found it...
One of These Men Will Be Handed the Opportunity to Reshape World Football
Byline: JamesOlley Chief Football Correspondent FIFA'S presidential election is the flagship moment during a week in which the organisation attempt to cleanse themselves before the eyes of the world. Scepticism abounds. The decision to cut the...
One of These Men Will Be Handed the Opportunity to Reshape World Football
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent FIFA'S presidential election is the flagship moment during a week in which the organisation attempt to cleanse themselves before the eyes of the world. Scepticism abounds. The decision to cut the...
On the Hunt for the Latest Football Goss; Pick of the Day
Jason Cundy Kicks Off Tonight, London Live, 7pm A shift in fixture dates can cause consternation and travel-plan woe, so we trust this is plenty of notice that Jason Cundy has moved from Kicking Off on Fridays to a new slot on Thursdays. You'll be...
'Our Baby Paid with Her Life for Hospital Failings'
Byline: Sophia Sleigh and Matt Watts THE devastated parents of a baby girl who died hours after birth following a series of tragic errors by medics today demanded lessons should be learned ahead of an inquest. Emily Radavicius was born with an...
Paperbacks
Byline: William Leith CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari (Bloomsbury, PS9.99) A PASSIONATE work of journalism about the war on drugs. Hari's view, increasingly popular, is that our society's attitude stinks. Drugs are intrinsically cheap but the...
Poch Sets Title Challenge before Spurs' Italian Test
Byline: Tom Collomosse Tottenham v Fiorentina (Europa League round of 32: First leg 1-1) Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent MAURICIO POCHETTINO has warned Tottenham they can afford no more mistakes if they are to win the Premier League title....
Poch Sets Title Challenge before Spurs' Italian Test
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent Tottenham v Fiorentina (Europa League round of 32: First leg 1-1) MAURICIO POCHETTINO has warned Tottenham they can afford no more mistakes if they are to win the Premier League title. Spurs have...
Police Storm Restaurant in West End Hostage Drama; Waitress and Two Diners Freed after Two-Hour Stand-Off
Byline: Matt Watts and Justin Davenport POLICE stormed a West End restaurant to free a waitress and two diners allegedly being held hostage by a suspected knifeman. Customers in nearby pubs and restaurants were barred from leaving as dozens of...
Put a Doctor in Your Pocket; Trends with Video Appointments and Assessment Via Text, Medics Are Turning Smartphones into Surgeries, Says Rachael Sigee
Byline: Rachael Sigee IT'S 2.10pm on a Tuesday afternoon and I'm video-calling my GP from my office. I made the appointment five minutes ago and I'm back at my desk within a quarter of an hour, advice on board and a prescription winging its way...
Rolling with the Stone; Joss Stone Is on a Mission to Perform Her Sultry Soul in Every Country on the Planet -- Even North Korea. She Tells Katie Law about Freezing Her Eggs, Reverse Racism and Being Pals with Prince Harry
Byline: Katie Law THE first person I meet when I arrive at the Roundhouse to interview Joss Stone introduces himself as Si. Adding that he is also Stone's boyfriend, he is immediately recognisable as the man, so far pictured but unnamed in the press,...
Sadiq Calls for Action on Public Transport 'Gropers' as Reports of Offences Soar
Byline: PippaCrerar City Hall Editor SADIQ KHAN today urged British Transport Police to crack down on groping on public transport as a top priority as figures showed that reports of sexual offences on the capital's transport network have risen by...
Secrets of My Success; Amanda Mackenzie Aviva Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, on Secondment to the UN's Project Everyone
What do you do? I'm currently on a two-year loan from Aviva to Project Everyone, with the film-maker Richard Curtis. Richard set up Project Everyone to help the UN publicise its Global Goals plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight justice...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 With the Sun and early March's eclipsed New Moon both accenting the most strategic portion of your chart, this isn't the time to make crucial decisions and to take dramatic action. Focus on...
Stay or Go the Lack of Solid Facts Means It's All a Leap of Faith; despite What the in and out Campaigns Say, There's Nothing to Back Up Either Position with Any Certainty
Byline: Anthony Hilton IONCE asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. "That's easy," he replied. "When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice." That was some years ago but...
'Stressed' Adele Walks out of Party after Her Brits Triumph
Byline: Alistair Foster and Sophia Sleigh ADELE said it was a "dream come true" to win four Brits but then walked out of an after-party as soon as she arrived, saying: "I don't want to do this." The singer, who sealed her position as the queen...
Theatre; What Else Is New?
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: A PLAY FOR THE NATION Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon FIONA MOUNTFORD NOT for nothing is the subtitle of this terrific project celebrating 400 years since Shakespeare's death A Play...
There Is No Free Lunch in Sterling's Slide
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT IF you haven't booked your summer holiday yet and are planning to vote No in the EU referendum, perhaps you should get on and book it. The pound has already fallen by 8% in the past few days on fears of the economic...
Things Tell a Moving Story
Byline: james anthony ANATOMY OF A SOLDIER by Harry Parker (Faber, PS14.99) THERE are some books covering Britain's most recent war in Afghanistan that in the fashion of a ripping Flashman yarn make the reader feel they might have missed out in...
Wake Up Arsenal United Are There for the Taking
Byline: Harry Redknapp ARSENAL will be hurting after losing to Barcelona but they must wake up and realise there has never been a better time to go to Manchester United than this weekend. United are without Wayne Rooney and have plenty of injuries....
What Does It Matter Who Takes over FIFA?
Byline: Patrick Barclay AN event of monumental irrelevance takes place tomorrow. After it, football will always be the same again. I refer, of course, to the election of Sepp Blatter's successor as president of FIFA. If you care who wins, you are...
With Ballet I'm like a Superhero and Each Jump Is a Power Move; He's Already an Athletic Star of the Covent Garden Stage -- Now Dancer Steven McRae Can Add His Role as a Manga Character to His List of Triumphs, He Tells Lyndsey Winship
Byline: Lyndsey Winship STEVEN McRae is a superhero. Or at least in the world of manga cartoons he is. "They love ballet in Japan, so a number of us go out there regularly," the dancer explains. "I fell in love with manga and I thought, 'Wouldn't...
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