Enjoying your enormous wealth used to be oh so simple. You bought the biggest, braggiest, bestest of everything. A gold-everywhere mansion in Knightsbridge, an armoured 4x4 with a FUC U licence plate and a superyacht that looked like a Swarovski crystal-encrusted chunk of Dubai that had floated off the desert shore. But the global game of one-upmanship has changed. Revelations of tax avoidance and alleged money laundering, notably in the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, have prompted governments to crack down on the world’s richest 0.001 per cent. Here, ministers have introduced Unexplained Wealth Orders that force the rich to demonstrate they have acquired their fortunes legally. Zamira Hajiyeva — the wife of Jahangir Hajiyev, the former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan, who was jailed for 15 years in 2016 by a court in Baku for embezzlement and other charges — has had £400,000 worth of jewellery seized and lost her bid … [Read more...] about Why the super-wealthy are going off the grid
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Although the royals have access to private jets when they travel abroad, Prince William opted for commercial travel as he headed to Africa this week for a working visit. The Duke of Cambridge flew with British Airways in an A380 aircraft as he set off for a trip to Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya as part of his role as the royal patron of Tusk. There he will visit a range of projects and meet with conservationists, communities and law enforcement representatives working to halt poaching and illegal wildlife trade. That he chose BA is no surprise as the airline has been a long-standing supporter of the charity, not to mention it's also a member of The Duke’s United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce. In fact in a nod to the work being done by the charity, they emblazoned the plane's livery with the message #EndWildlifeCrime. Speaking recently at an event at the Royal African Society, The Duke of Cambridge said: "Like so many others, I am deeply saddened by the numbers of elephant, … [Read more...] about Prince William flies British Airways as he heads on working visit to Africa
Ben Mutzabaugh USA TODAY Published 7:30 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Calling all frequent-fliers and aviation buffs: Today is your day. Sunday is National Aviation Day, so proclaimed by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939. The date – August 19 – was chosen to honor the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. To celebrate, we're offering up some best aviation photos that we've featured on our site during the past few years. Like swanky airline seats? We’ve got pictures of those, including everything from Singapore’s luxurious new first-class “suites” to the latest rolled out by Atlanta-based Delta. If you’ve always want to visit one of the world’s top air shows, we’ve got that too; scroll down for some of our collection of photos from the Paris and Farnborough events. Or if you just like to look at airports and airplanes, we’ve also got plenty of those. Scroll down to see some of our photo galleries that … [Read more...] about National Aviation Day: Love planes? Then you’ll love these pics
Updated 0033 GMT (0833 HKT) May 5, 2018 Story highlights The $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the world's longest sea-crossing bridge. The bridge is a central plank in China's ambitious plans to develop the Greater Bay Area. Although the bridge is an engineering marvel, its construction has been dogged by controversy. (CNN)As we drive down the eerily deserted Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the murky waters of the Pearl River Delta stretch as far as the eye can see. There is no land in sight. Spanning 34 miles (55 kilometers), this is the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. Guo Xinglin, assistant director and senior engineer at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority, meets us half way along. As we are buffeted by a strong wind, the tough conditions his construction crew experienced, as they perched on precarious platforms, working miles from land and high over the water, are evident. Xinglin is visibly proud of his country's monumental achievement. … [Read more...] about China unveils world’s longest sea-crossing bridge
No one seems interested. But I am. As the Airbus A320 begins its final approach to Heathrow, it’s running about five minutes late, travelling around 185 knots and at 4,000 feet. I wonder who’s on board and what awaits them once they arrive in west London. Unfortunately, that’s one thing Flightradar24 can’t tell me. Everything else the aircraft-tracking website has covered – the registration number of the aircraft, model, time spent in the air, distance to destination (a subscription fee unlocks even more info, including aircraft age, wind speed and temperature). I look at the planes on my computer screen then watch them pass overhead. Another BA flight, this time from Marseilles, appears through the clouds. I’m just one of two million people around the world who use Flightradar24 to follow any of the 16,000 flights that are flying through the air at any given moment. Head to the site now and you’ll see Ireland, the UK, Europe, North … [Read more...] about Flightradar24 has conquered the skies – but how does it work?