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Day: July 23, 2016

How The Shaft will rival the The Shard for coolest skyscraper in London
ENGLISH, London

How The Shaft will rival the The Shard for coolest skyscraper in London

    Much of modern London has been built by architects who most Londoners will never have heard of: offices by corporate companies such as Aecom, HOK and Aukett Swanke, or housing projects by specialists such as Squire & Partners. Architectural celebrities such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano are asked to tackle the fancy sugar-work: the Gherkins, the Cheesegraters, the Shards. Which is why Eric Parry being commissioned to design the tallest skyscraper in the City of London makes you sit up and take notice. Parry, an intellectual architect’s architect, is known for his interest in craft techniques — ceramics, woodwork, stitched leather. Earlier in his career he was designing artists’ studios and self-confessed “eccentric things in France”. Admittedly the s...
How Brexit can set Britain free to boom again
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

How Brexit can set Britain free to boom again

    To everyone’s relief, the economic impact of the Brexit vote has so far not been as bad as many – including me – feared it might be. Well, perhaps not everyone, for there is nothing quite as galling as to be proved wrong. For many of those who warned of catastrophe, a recession is still greatly to be desired – so as to punish voters for their own stupidity, as it were. This is a natural enough reaction, but it is not at all constructive, particularly when it comes to business, where success depends on the ability to adapt and respond opportunistically and optimistically to any change in circumstance. It’s still far too early to make firm judgements, obviously, and there have already been a number of not entirely welcome consequences of Brexit, not least a 10 per cent deval...
The builder who sold his house to fight ISIS despite no military training
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The builder who sold his house to fight ISIS despite no military training

    The rocket launched with a loud bang and the sound reverberated through the air. Tim Locks faced an agonising few seconds wait before it reached its target and a cloud of dust and smoke rose from where the building had been. It was a perfect, direct hit and his comrades let out a huge cheer. Tim was on the front line in Kurdistan and inside the building had been IS jihadists, also known as Daesh . He says bluntly: “I didn’t feel anything towards the people I was killing. I had long since stopped seeing Daesh as human, so I had no empathy for them. “I may as well have been shooting rubber ducks at the fairground.” His matter-of-fact response to taking the lives of enemies is something you would expect from a man in the military. After all, they are trained to kill. But Tim ...
MH370 Pilot Practiced Suicide Route: Report
Asia, ENGLISH

MH370 Pilot Practiced Suicide Route: Report

    Evidence surfaced Friday in a new report that suggests the pilot of the disappeared Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might have taken the plane on a premeditated suicidal flight. The plane vanished in March 2014 with 239 people aboard. The report from New York Magazine claims to have obtained information from the Malaysian investigation into the incident that was previously unknown to the public. "New York has obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that shows that the plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished under uncannily similar circumstances. The revelation, which Malaysia wi...
Munich shooting: police say lone attacker is among the dead
ENGLISH, Europe

Munich shooting: police say lone attacker is among the dead

    The lone gunman who killed nine people and wounded a further 21 at a shopping center in Munich before shooting himself was an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent, police have said. Munich police had declared a cautious “all-clear” Friday night following a mass shooting in the shopping centre. The attack sparked a manhunt that shut down the entire city, as security forces hunted for a number of suspected attackers. However, police confirmed in a press conference that the shooter had acted alone, and was dead. A 15-year-old girl was among the dead, and several injured youngsters have been admitted to children’s hospitals in Munich, local media reported. Police stopped trains, buses and trams, closed highways to private cars and ordered citizens to stay in their homes as th...