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Articles from February 16, 2017

Accountant Branded a Liar in Court after Forging His Mother's Will to Get PS40m
Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter AN ACCOUNTANT forged his dead mother's will in a bid to get his hands on part of his family's PS160 million fortune, a High Court judge has ruled. Girish Dahyabhai Patel, 65, from north London, used a blank...
Accountant Forged His Mother's Will in Bid to Get PS40m Fortune
Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter AN ACCOUNTANT forged his dead mother's will in an attempt to get part of his family's PS160 million fortune, a High Court judge has ruled. Girish Dahyabhai Patel, 65, used a blank document that had been presigned...
A Matter of Facts; with Millions of Readers, Sean Adl-Tabatabai's Site Is at the Heart of the Fake News Row and Has Beenaccused of Trying to Destabilise Democracy. He Tells Richard Godwin about His 'Alternative' Reality
Byline: Richard Godwin SEAN Adl-Tabatabai doesn't look much like a Russian propagandist. He doesn't come across much like your average alt-Right agitator either, with his neat Burberry polo shirt and his overwhelming nimbus of aftershave. And if...
Arsene's Lone Voice Is Not Being Heard by His Players and He'll Have to Go Unless Things Start to Improve Fast
Byline: Harry Redknapp THE first thing I was told in football by Alec Stock a great old manager was that you have to change the players every couple of years or the club will change you. They don't want to listen to the same voice all the time....
Bastille Star Dan: I Had Drink Spiked at Brit Awards It Made Me Very Friendly
Byline: Alistair Foster'showbiz news and gossip BASTILLE singer Dan Smith says he had his drink spiked at the Brit Awards. The musician, 30, attended the ceremony for the first time in 2013 by himself, just before the band released their breakthrough...
Both Frontrunners Stumble in the Two-Horse Race to Be MP for Stoke; A Week Today Voters Go to the Polls in the Stoke Central By-Election. Kate Proctor Spent 24 Hours in the City to Find out Whether Labour Can Cling on against Ukip
Byline: Kate Proctor "WE'RE some of the happiest people in Britain apparently," a taxi driver declared proudly as he drove through the rain-soaked streets of Stoke. They are indeed cheerful, coming 11th in a national poll, but disappointment...
Brexit Judge's Verdict on Basement Plan near His Mews Home: It Cannot Remain
Byline: Matt Watts THE UK's most senior judge, who oversaw the landmark Brexit case at the Supreme Court, is among neighbours battling plans for a basement in their tiny mews. Lord Neuberger president of the Supreme Court and fellow judges last...
Bus Driver Spat on by Banker Condemns Fine
Byline: Will Stone A BUS driver who was spat on by an investment banker in a road rage attack says the PS90,000-a-year Barclays executive should have been fined more than one week's wages. After Leon Delahaye's No 9 bus pulled out in front of...
Business Rates Rise Will Be Disastrous for Small Firms; #Esnewsviews
SIMON Jenkins ["Let the Mayor save our high streets from crippling rates rises", Comment, February 14] makes the case for exempting independent small businesses from rate rises. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has met with the Chancellor...
Can Putin and Trump Friendship Prevent a New Nuclear Build-Up? as Russia Ramps Up Its Weaponry, the Two Presidents Still Have the Power to Make the World a Safer Place
Byline: Admiral Lord West PRESIDENT Trump's alleged links with President Putin have been dominating the news over the past few days. But such links, assuming they exist, are in many ways timely and could be very important for global, and in particular...
Cobham Shares Hit 13-Year Low on Boeing Crisis
Byline: Michael Bow WARNINGS GALORE COBHAM'S alert follows a profit downgrade five weeks ago, building on warnings last October, April and in November 2015. It pursued a rights issue in April despite refusing to cut the dividend, upsetting investors....
'Creating a Winning Mentality Is Hardest Thing to Do' Pochettino Knows That He Has the Players to Succeed but Admits Taking Final Step to Glory Is So Difficult. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse gent v tottenham (6pm, BT Sport 3) MAURICIO POCHETTINO has cast doubt on whether he will be able to turn Tottenham into serial winners. The Argentine is still waiting for his first trophy as a manager, while Spurs' only...
Crime
Byline: Mark Sanderson THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke (Orion, PS19.99) AARON Holland Broussard is the grandson of Hackberry Holland, the Texas Ranger whom we have already met five times. The 17-yearold rodeo rider has inherited his grandfather's...
Cycle Death Junction 'Should Be Scrapped' LORRY DRIVER TELLS INQUEST OF CRASH HORROR
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A LORRY driver involved in the death of a London cyclist said today the road junction where the victim was crushed under his wheels was "an accident waiting to happen". Co-op driver Philip Beadle,...
Drax Falls after Profits Take Hit from Green Scheme Loss
Byline: Lucy Tobin INVESTORS flocked to disconnect from Drax today as annual profits, the dividend and shares at the FTSE 250 power giant sank in the wake of tax changes. The cuts revealed just how speedily Britain's biggest power station has...
Electrifying Tesla X Could Quietly Reign Supreme on the Roads
road test TESLA MODEL X 90D Top speed: 155mph; C02: 0g/km; 0-60mph: 4.8sec; Price: PS85,500. THE policeman said we'd have to wait. Even without the sub-machine gun, we wouldn't have argued. "Her Majesty will be here shortly," he said. We were...
FA Cup Is Now a Bigger Deal for Wenger, Says Sutton Boss
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent SUTTON UNITED manager Paul Doswell believes their FA Cup tie against Arsenal is now far more significant for Arsene Wenger after the Gunners were humbled by Bayern Munich. The National League side...
Fashion's Live at the Palladium with Ticket Sales Open to All
Byline: Alistair Foster A RISING design star says he believes fashion is too exclusive so he is staging a huge show at the London Palladium to allow as many fans as possible to see his new collection. Joshua Kane is hosting the show during London...
FBI File: Trump's to Get Blacks out Father 'Wanted of His Properties'
Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent THE FBI has released a dossier detailing an investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's father racially discriminated against black families living in rental properties he owned. The 389-page file...
Forget the Figures -- 'Real' Inflation Is Already on the Way towards 3%; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Byline: Russell Lynch TRY telling the good burghers of Tory-voting Surrey that inflation -- as official figures told us this week -- is 1.8%. They're facing a 4.99% rise in their council tax bills this year, and narrowly avoided a 15% hike. And...
Gazidis and Kroenke Face Their Toughest Challenge When Wenger Calls Time
Byline: James Olley in Munich and Tom Collomosse AS a club who pride themselves on continuity and stability, Arsenal suddenly face a period of substantial uncertainty. If Arsene Wenger walks away at the end of the season, after 21 years in the...
Great Job, but What about the Boss? When Looking for a New Role Many of Us Are So Preoccupied with the Pay and Perks That We Overlook a Crucial Factor -- Our New Manager. He or She Could Be a Key Factor in Your Success, Writes
Byline: Niki Chesworth HREE in 10 new recruits plan to leave their new job within 12 months, according to the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). TSo why do so many new hires want to quit within a year? "The problem is often that...
Hearts on Sleeves; Activists on the New York Catwalks, the Return of Slogan T-Shirts and a Wave of Feelgood Campaigns with Global Politics in Turmoil the Fashion Industry Has Come out Fighting, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: says Phoebe Luckhurst THIS season, Mara Hoffman's New York Fashion Week show opened unusually. Instead of the pulse of a zeitgeist soundtrack the lights poised to illuminate models trussed up in considered costumes there was a pause for...
Hearts on Sleeves; Activists on the New York Catwalks, the Return of Slogan T-Shirts and a Wave of Feelgood Campaigns --with Global Politics in Turmoil the Fashion Industry Has Come out Fighting, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: says Phoebe Luckhurst THIS season, Mara Hoffman's New York Fashion Week show opened unusually. Instead of the pulse of a zeitgeist soundtrack -- the lights poised to illuminate models trussed up in considered costumes -- there was a pause...
Heineken's Pint-Sized Questions Can Be Downed in One
Byline: COMMENTARY Jim Armitage City Editor THE Competition and Markets Authority likes to keep the private sector on its toes. Who would have guessed it would get its knickers in a twist about Poundland's takeover of tiny 99p Stores, or let...
Heineken's Pint-Sized Questions Can Be Downed in One; COMMENTARY
Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor THE Competition and Markets Authority likes to keep the private sector on its toes. Who would have guessed it would get its knickers in a twist about Poundland's takeover of tiny 99p Stores, or let the big banks...
Heineken's Punch Bid Probed on Brand Bias
Byline: Joanna Bourke THE UK's competition watchdog today opened an investigation into Heineken's PS403 million swoop on pubs giant Punch Taverns, amid concerns the Dutch brewer will stock bars with its own beer. The Competition and Markets Authority's...
Hogan-Howe: Muslim Scholars Must Do More to Challenge IS False Narrative of Violence; in His Last Interview before Retiring, the Met Commissioner Tells Martin Bentham That We Must Counter Islamic State's Recruitment Propaganda as Its Threat Grows
Byline: Martin Bentham BRITAIN'S top police officer today urged Muslim scholars to step up their efforts to counter the violent ideology of Islamic State. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe issued a new warning about the looming threat posed by "brutalised...
Hollander: I Had Head Start on This Play Thanks to Inspiring Teacher
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent TOM HOLLANDER revealed he had "a head start" on the rest of the cast of his new play because he studied it for his A-levels. The actor, 49, plays an ageing English diplomat who looks back on his days in Zurich...
Holloway Prison Mustn't Be Made into Luxury Flats, Say Campaigners
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger CAMPAIGNERS are planning a demonstration outside Holloway prison, which closed last year, to demand it be used for the "community" rather than turned into luxury flats. Once the largest women's jail in Europe, it...
I'm Ready for Leading Role, Says Root
JOE ROOT insists he is as ready as he will ever be to captain England and he will start his new job emboldened by the knowledge he has the unequivocal backing of the entire dressing room, writes Chris Stocks. The 26-year-old Yorkshireman was unveiled...
I Want Love and Tenderness Yet We're Taught the Opposite; in Association with Oscar-Nominated Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney Talks to Rosamund Urwin about Masculinity, Sexuality and Race in His Painfully Autobiographical Film Moonlight
Byline: RosamundUrwin TARELL Alvin McCraney didn't even know he was eligible for an Oscar nomination. The playwright, who is shortlisted with director Barry Jenkins for best adapted screenplay, wrote a neverperformed play 14 years ago that Jenkins...
'Jealous Husband Was Freed to Kill My Lovely Sabeen'
Byline: Barney Davis THE devastated lover of an aspiring model strangled to death by her jealous husband said today they would now be married if police had protected her. Pregnant mother-of-three Sabeen Thandi, 37, was killed by Mohammed Badiuzzaman...
Lancashire Storms to Record High as Numbers Leave Forecasts in the Shade
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Jamie Nimmo INSURER Lancashire Holdings notched up its best day on the stock market as shares surged on better-thanexpected annual results. The FTSE 250 company managed to blow analyst forecasts out of the water for the...
Let's Allow Fund Managers to Show Their Flair
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment BANKERS get the publicity but it is asset management that makes the City what it is. Capital is the fuel of a financial centre. It is the magnet that attracts all the other skills: the dealmakers, advisers, market-makers,...
Looking for a Haystack in a Needle; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Eternal Pursuit of Happiness
Byline: Charles Saatchi the naked eye HAVE you found what you're looking for? So many of us never do, leading frustrated lives, always searching for some elusive elixir of happiness. Routinely, it's the desire for great wealth, or a fantasy notion...
May's Popularity Ratings Surge as Corbyn Reels after Rebellion
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor THERESA MAY is convincing a growing number of voters that she is doing a good job leaving Jeremy Corbyn standing, a new poll reveals today. Fifty-three per cent of adults are satisfied with Mrs May...
Met Will Be Forced to Ration Services, Says Chief; Fighting Crime to Be 'Slower and Worse' If Spending Cuts Go Ahead, Warns Hogan-Howe Exclusive Hogan-Howe: Met Needs Special Funding to Cope with Population Growth
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor SCOTLAND Yard will be forced to introduce NHS-style "rationing" of its services to the public and cut thousands of officers unless the threat of big government spending cuts is lifted, the Met Commissioner...
MET WILL BE FORCED TO RATION SERVICES, SAYS CHIEF; Hogan-Howe Warns Fighting Crime Will Be 'Slower and Worse' If Spending Cuts Go aheadHogan-Howe: Met Needs Special Funding to Cope with Population Growth
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor exclusive SCOTLAND Yard will be forced to introduce NHS-style "rationing" of its services to the public and cut thousands of officers unless the threat of big Government spending cuts is lifted, the Met...
Mothers Feel Pressure to Be Instamums; 'Perfect' Lives of Stars and Bloggers Make Parents Feel Inadequate
Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter MUMMY bloggers who post photographs of their "perfect" lives are leaving other parents feeling anxious and inadequate, say London mothers. Social media has long been blamed for depression in young people,...
Motorcycle Fans Gearing Up for Biggest-Ever MCN Show; Live Action, Star Bikers and Latest Models on Display at ExCeL Extravaganza
Byline: David Williams ROAD SAFETY WRITER OF THE YEAR 2017 LONDONERS' best chance to see all the latest motorcycles, motorcycle stars and accessories with exciting live action thrown into the mix comes up this weekend, at the ExCeL Centre in Docklands....
No Excuses for Arsenal Boss after This Rout; Spine of the Team -- Mustafi, Xhaka, Ozil and Sanchez -- Cost PS146m but Only the Latter Emerges with Any Credit from Bayern Battering
Byline: James Olley in Munich BAYERN MUNICH 5 ARSENAL 1 THIS feels like the point of no return for Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has long insisted his decision whether to continue as manager will be determined largely by Arsenal's ability to compete...
No Excuses for Arsenal Boss after This Rout; Spine of the Team Mustafi, Xhaka, Ozil and Sanchez Cost PS146m but Only the Latter Emerges with Any Credit from Bayern Battering
Byline: James Olley in Munich BAYERN MUNICH 5 ARSENAL 1 THIS feels like the point of no return for Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has long insisted his decision whether to continue as manager will be determined largely by Arsenal's ability to compete...
Now Fashion's Going Live at the Palladium with Tickets for All
Byline: Alistair Foster A RISING design star says he believes fashion is too exclusive -- so he is staging a huge show at the London Palladium to allow as many fans as possible to see his new collection. Joshua Kane is hosting the show during London...
Paperbacks
Byline: William Leith RESPECTABLE: THE EXPERIENCE OF CLASS by Lynsey Hanley (Penguin, PS9.99) LYNSEY Hanley was working-class, and now she's middle-class. She grew up on a council estate in the West Midlands called Chelmsley Wood. She worked in...
Reid Dreams of Europe after a Nightmare Start; in Association With
Byline: Vaishali Bhardwaj WINSTON REID believes West Ham can draw positives from a difficult first campaign at the London Stadium to challenge for European football next season. Slaven Bilic's side are currently 10th in the Premier League after...
Return of a Drunk and Disorderly Comedy Classic; Edited by Toby Earle London Live TV Reporter @Tobyontv London Live
Withnail and I London Live, 10pm "This place has become impossible. Nothing to eat, freezing cold, and now a madman on the prowl outside with eels" -- I'm not talking about here, naturally. The madman outside has otters. That line is from, as sure...
Second Woman Held in Hunt for Airport Assassins of Kim's Brother; TWO MORE ARRESTS OVER 'POISONING'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor TWO more suspects including another woman have been arrested over with the suspected assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's halfbrother, Malaysian police said today. Kim Jong-nam, 45, is...
Secrets of My Success; Lenah Ueltzen-Gabell Executive Vice President, Wasserman
What do you do? I oversee our international HQ, in London. We're known for our work as a sports and entertainment marketing agency for sports stars and performers. I run marketing services primarily for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Our work...
Sir Bernard Is Right: No More Police Cuts
IN THE interview with the Met Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, in this paper today, he warned that as a result of changes and cuts to government spending, there could be swingeing cuts in police numbers by perhaps thousands rather than hundreds....
Skiing 'Will Be Impossible in Alps within 80 Years' ONLY HIGHEST RESORTS WILL GET SNOW, SAYS CLIMATE STUDY
Byline: Richard Gray SKIING at many resorts in the Alps could become impossible within the next 80 years, according to a new study. Researchers predict snow cover across the Alps will fall by at least a third by the end of the century, leaving...
So How Do You Explain Its Success?
HIT MAKERS: HOW THINGS BECOME POPULAR by Derek Thompson (Allen Lane, PS20) DAVID SEXTON SO HOW did such bad books and now bad films as Fifty Shades ever become so popular? In Hit Makers, Derek Thompson, an editor at Atlantic magazine, gives us a clear...
Spaced out, Man: Pink Floyd's UFO Returns; 'Enter' West End Club Where Band Got Big Break in Major V&A Show
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent THE West End basement bar where Pink Floyd got their big break will be recreated inside the V&A for a new blockbuster show dedicated to 50 years of the giants of rock. Fans will enter the exhibition by...
Stand-In Takes the Reins of the Roar; in Association with CLASSICAL
Byline: barry millington LSO / WILSON Barbican Hall, EC2 IT CAN'T be the easiest thing to replace an indisposed conductor at short notice when the programme includes as complex a score as Mark-Anthony Turnage's new trumpet concerto (his second),...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 If ever there was an ideal time to invest in the closest and most crucial relationships in your life, it's now. Not only is your ruler Mars in Aries, you're also benefiting from the helpful...
Tap into Tablet Town; Technology Whether You're Roasting Coffee or Designing a Shop, This City Is Powered by the iPad, Says Samuel Fishwick
Byline: Samuel Fishwick IF YOU'RE reading this on an iPad, taking a well-earned breather from Angry Birds, the tablet in your hands wants you to know it means business. Not convinced? The jaw-dropping Yorkshire landscapes at Tate Britain's blockbuster...
The Apps to Decode Your Mind Palace
OUR minds work in diverse ways. Linear thinkers organise their thoughts in chronological lists, while creatives prefer visual arrangements. Some are pathological about scoring items off neat to-do lists, and others scrawl reminders across notepads...
The Barbaric Truth about Life under Islamic State in Raqqa
Byline: JUSTIN MAROZZI THE RAQQA DIARIES: ESCAPE FROM ISLAMIC STATE by Samer (Hutchinson, PS9.99) "MUSLIM girls! Come to Raqqa and get raped by mujahideen holy warriors!" "Calling all start-ups! Set your business up in Raqqa, we'll extort you until...
The Generation That Thinks It Invented Sex, Drugs and Cool
Byline: JACKIE ANNESLEY NOW WE ARE 40: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GENERATION X? by Tiffanie Darke (Harper Collins, PS16.99) TIFFANIE Darke bought her first vibrator in a sex shop while at Oxford University. "It was coloured black and gold," she reveals...
Virtual Reality App Prepares Children for MRI
Byline: MarkBlunden Technology Reporter A 10-YEAR-OLD Londoner has helped trial a virtual reality experience to help children prepare for an often daunting brain and body scan. King's College Hospital, in Denmark Hill, has developed the app for...
We Can't Expect Men Still to Foot the Bill for Dinner
Byline: RosamundUrwin WE'RE meant to laugh, I suppose. Or to think our own innamorato's attempts at romance this week -- be it Costcutter carnations or a drunken fumble ending with one of you feigning sleep -- weren't so hopeless after all. For...
WENGER WON'T BE FORCED TO QUIT; Board Will Let Him Decide When It's Time to Step Aside
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent in Munich ARSENE WENGER will still be allowed to determine the timing of his own departure, despite Arsenal's crushing defeat to Bayern Munich. The Gunners are almost certainly out of the Champions...
When Work Meets Play; Trends from Narnia-Themed Rooms for Introverts to Cinemas: Tech Is Propelling London's Offices into the Future, Says Rosamund Urwin
Byline: says Rosamund Urwin VISIT Unruly's new office in Whitechapel and you are transported to Narnia, the 1970s and the Star Wars set. The video ad tech firm -- bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in 2015 -- has a series of themed rooms with,...
With This Tent I Thee Wed Church Group Steps in to Help Homeless Couple Marry in Style
Byline: Matt Watts A HOMELESS couple are to marry thanks to the "unbelievable kindness" of strangers who arranged a wedding for them after finding them sleeping rough in south-west London. Chris Groombridge, 37, and Kirsty Richardson, 29, were...
Woman Sues after Breaking Back in Climbing Wall Fall
Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter A MET Police worker who broke her back falling from a rock-climbing wall during an internet date is suing for PS300,000 in compensation. Emma Jane Maylin, 29, plummeted 14ft and landed on her backside, fracturing...
Woman Sues after Breaking Back in Climbing Wall Fall on Online Date
Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter A MET Police worker who broke her back falling from a rock climbing wall during an internet date is suing for PS300,000 in compensation. Emma Jane Maylin, 29, plummeted 14ft and landed on her backside, fracturing...
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