Wednesday, May 25

Day: June 4, 2016

New plastic bank note unveiled and you only have months to spend your old fivers
ENGLISH, London

New plastic bank note unveiled and you only have months to spend your old fivers

    The Bank of England has unveiled plastic five pound notes that will be impossible to tear and can survive the wash. The "new fiver" marks a break from the current paper notes because it is printed on polymer, a thin flexible plastic film, which is seen as more durable and secure. The note will be 15% smaller and feature Winston Churchill , who replaces 19th Century prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. It can be wiped clean, is tear-resistant, it will last for about five years – compared with 18 months to two years for the current cotton paper version. They will be issued in September and existing five pound notes will cease to be legal tender in May 2017. The new note was revealed at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where Sir Winston was born in 1874. Unveiling the full new design...
Bangladesh I Love You
Africa world, ENGLISH

Bangladesh I Love You

Reginald Massey: 37 years ago on February 18, Muhammad Ali, the “greatest heavyweight boxer ever,” came to Bangladesh along with his wife for a five-day visit. During the visit, wherever Ali went, he was greeted wholeheartedly by tens of thousands of fans. Ali was also awarded honorary citizenship of Bangladesh while the boxing stadium in Paltan was named after him. Since my early youth I have been fascinated by Bengal, its culture and its people. I read all about Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Henry Derozio, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Jamini Roy and other amazingly creative people. No other region of South Asia had produced such a large number of artists and poets. In London, in the seventies, when I was chairman of Seven Stars Films I met a leading Bangladeshi businessman named ...
David Cameron accuses Leave campaign of writing cheques they know will bounce
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

David Cameron accuses Leave campaign of writing cheques they know will bounce

    David Cameron has attacked Michael Gove and Boris Johnson for writing cheques they know will bounce after they claimed an extra £100 million a week would be freed up for the NHS if Britain quits the European Union. Diverting the UK's contribution to EU coffers would give the straining health service a "cash transfusion", the Justice Secretary and former London mayor have claimed. But the economic impact of Brexit would mean there is less money to pump into health care, the Prime Minister insisted. Mr Cameron said: "The Leave campaign is writing cheques they know will bounce, 9/10 economists say there'll be a profound shock if we leave the EU. That means there will be less money - not more. It's also why so many doctors and nurses support remaining in the EU." Leave campaig...
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74
Africa world, ENGLISH

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74

    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Muhammad Ali, widely hailed as the greatest heavyweight boxer in the sport’s history, died late Friday night after being hospitalized in Arizona Thursday with a respiratory issue. Ali, 74, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease since the 1980s. After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said in a statement. Ali's prowess in the ring and his personality and social activism make him one of the most recognizable sports figures of the last century. He secured an Olympic gold medal in the 1960 Summer Games and became one of the youngest heavyweight champions of all time, st...
Paris hit by continuous rains, flooding
ENGLISH, Europe

Paris hit by continuous rains, flooding

    Incredible, that’s all I can say, muttered Catherine, a publishing editor, as she stared dumbfounded at the river water that had swallowed up the busy road running along the banks of the Seine near her Paris apartment. Roads and picturesque cobbled walkways in the French capital have disappeared, submerged by a vast expanse of brown river water carrying an unusual assortment of debris including logs, big wooden planks and a metal sign from a boat-club in its angry, swirling current. The rain-swollen Seine, which has spilled over on to embankments in many places in Paris, peaked at 6.07 metres on Friday night, its highest level in more than 30 years. Rising water lapped at the tops of traffic lights and trees, road signs for speed cameras poked out above the water, and a ti...