News archive from 3 April 2011, page 9

Chelsea demand £100m for stadium naming rights

CHELSEA have failed to sell their stadium naming rights - after demanding £100million for a 10-year agreement. Chief executive Ron Gourlay says: “Protecting the name of Stamford Bridge is key to any deal.” So £100million to win the naming rights to a...

People, 00:20 in Sport
 
The last stand of the Amazon

The last stand of the Amazon

In the forest, there are no horizons and so the dawn does not break but is instead born in the trees – a wan and smoky blue. I twist in my hammock. The total darkness, which has been broken only by the crazy dance of the fireflies, is fading and now...

Guardian, 00:20 in Business
 
£1.4m-a-year welfare entrepreneur picked by Cameron to get Britons off benefits and into work

£1.4m-a-year welfare entrepreneur picked by Cameron to get Britons off benefits and into work

The woman appointed by David Cameron to help troubled families get off benefits and into work has a joint income with her husband estimated at more than £1.4m after building a business empire based on lucrative "welfare to work" contracts...

Guardian, 00:20 in Business
 

Why John Terry clubs people up the wrong way

HE is, beyond all shadow of a doubt, the least popular man to skipper England in any sport. Captain Caveman, the last of the pitbulls, a man not fit to wear the armband, the anti-Bobby Moore. John Terry hailed from the same London borough as...

People, 00:20 in Sport
 
Honda considers suspending UK production after Japanese crisis

Honda considers suspending UK production after Japanese crisis

Honda could be forced to halt production at its car plant in Swindon next month as the repercussions of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami reach British factories. At a crunch meeting this week, the Japanese carmaker will agree a plan on how...

Guardian, 00:20 in Business
 

Roberto Mancini tells Manchester City: You"d be mad to sack me!

ROBERTO MANCINI believes Manchester City"s Abu Dhabi bosses would be mad to sack him after he has laid the foundations for success. The Italian has tried to remain cool despite speculation he could be replaced by Jose Mourinho this summer, if...

People, 00:21 in Sport
 
National Express faces new unrest in the boardroom

National Express faces new unrest in the boardroom

National Express's biggest shareholder, the Cosmen family with 20%, is expected to throw its weight behind a US activist investor that is seeking to shake up the transport company's board – and possibly garner support for a break-up. Last week,...

Guardian, 00:21 in Business
 

Why that Fulham Jacko statue is not so wacko

BREDE HANGELAND will not bat an eyelid when Fulham reveal a Michael Jackson statue today - because he remembers Jimmy Bullard"s tribute to the King of Pop. Mohamed Al Fayed is unveiling a bust of MJ at Craven Cottage this afternoon in honour of...

People, 00:21 in Sport
 
I'm impressed, says Andrew Lansley as NHS rap becomes a viral hit

I'm impressed, says Andrew Lansley as NHS rap becomes a viral hit

His musical attack on Andrew Lansley's plans for the NHS has become a viral sensation on the web. But the story behind the rise of Sean Donnelly, aka MC NxtGen, to the status of cult hero among the nation's surgeons, doctors and nurses has remained...

Guardian, 00:21 in Politics
 

Alastair Cook swaps World Cup for warm up

WHILE the Cricket World Cup semi-finals were raging, Alastair Cook was fielding at slip for Essex in a warm-up game against Worcestershire at chilly Chelmsford. Cook had played like Bradman in the Ashes, and was undoubtedly the hottest bastman on the...

People, 00:21 in Sport
 
Extra staff called in after UK surge in top tuition fees

Extra staff called in after UK surge in top tuition fees

The government body responsible for monitoring "equal access" to universities charging £9,000 tuition fees has had to double its staff and appeal for more funds amid the chaos caused by the recent reforms. The number of universities...

Guardian, 00:21 in Politics
 
The stars turn out for the Claire Rayner benefit show

The stars turn out for the Claire Rayner benefit show

The nation's favourite agony aunt and health campaigner, the late Claire Rayner, is to receive a triumphant send-off this summer when an all-star cast assembles in London to stage an evening of comedy, music and anecdote in her memory. Stephen Fry...

Guardian, 00:21 in Politics
 

Women are often the losers when the west weighs in | Catherine Bennett

Generally speaking, the less that is heard, politically, from a prime minister's spouse, the better. It was the great achievement of Cherie Blair, even if she justified her ubiquity as a form of feminism, that with every intervention she demonstrated,...

Guardian, 00:21 in Politics
 
Martin Sheen says his addict son Charlie needs 'help and sympathy'

Martin Sheen says his addict son Charlie needs 'help and sympathy'

The Hollywood star Martin Sheen has spoken of his fears for his son, Charlie, who is battling addiction, in a frank interview with Kirsty Young. Talking to Young, the host of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Sheen admitted that his family finds...

Guardian, 00:22 in Showbiz
 
Tina Fey has the last laugh as she conquers the male world of comedy

Tina Fey has the last laugh as she conquers the male world of comedy

Usually when giving an acceptance speech for an award it is unwise to attack the saintly figure of Helen Mirren, who is every bit as beloved in America as she is in Britain. But then Tina Fey has been breaking rules for some time in search of a good...

Guardian, 00:22 in Showbiz
 


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