The pier at Sellin is a sight to behold. It begins in the town, high above the shore on the Eastern edge of the island of Rügen. 87 wooden steps lead down the steep slope, with a poky funicular for the faint-hearted. Brave the stairs, and you cross the beach first, white sand dotted with wicker beach chairs. From there, the pier itself strides out into the Baltic Sea, an elegant, wooden dame with white walls and dark grey turrets. Built in 1906, it was restored to its former Wilhelmine glory in 1992. At the end of the pier is a Tauchgondel, or diving gondola. For a few euros, you can clamber into a windowed, metal capsule and dip beneath the waves to see what life is like underwater. Except that due to the algae content in the Baltic Sea, known in Germany as the “Ostsee” or “East Sea”, you can’t see much. So instead, the captain shows you a short film about the marine wildlife. Once it is over, you resurface and go about your day exploring the rest … [Read more...] about Booming and bursting: How is tourism impacting Germany’s Baltic coast?
WASHINGTON – One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration. With the number of jobs available exceeding the number of Americans seeking jobs, employers are looking beyond the border to fill openings, and migrants are coming to the country in search of work. Hotel and restaurant owner Todd Callewaert is short more than two dozen workers this season for his Mackinac Island, Michigan, businesses. “You can’t hire a line cook right now, it’s impossible, even for 20 bucks an hour,” he said. “We usually fill the gap with visa workers, but we can’t even get those this year.” The Labor Department said Friday the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, near the 18-year low set in May, and employers are adding jobs at a faster pace than last year. Trump has made clear that employers should be trying to attract American workers through wage increases and other incentives, not filling jobs … [Read more...] about Curbing immigration could affect U.S. economic boom
Eike Batista, once the richest man in Brazil, was on Tuesday sentenced to 30 years in prison for corruption and money laundering over the massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras. The 61-year-old was also fined 53 million reis ($13.6 million, 11.7 million euros) after he was found guilty by a Rio de Janeiro court of paying a $16.5 million bribe to the ex-governor of Rio, Sergio Cabral, allegedly through the fictitious sale of a gold mine. Cabral is currently serving a prison sentence of more than 100 years following five convictions for graft. Batista's lawyers have already said they will appeal. He was arrested in January 2017 but released under house arrest three months later. An emblem of Brazil's boom years, Batista amassed a fortune with investments in mining and oil that in 2012 put him in seventh place on Forbes's list of the world's wealthiest. But by 2013 a downturn in the commodities market wiped out a fortune that had been estimated at $30 billion. He later … [Read more...] about Brazilian ex-billionaire sentenced to 30 years prison
The towering British Waterways building in the background of this nostalgic photograph of Canal Street, below, from more than 30 years ago was saved from the wholesale demolition of the area to create the Broadmarsh Centre and Castle Wharf development. Built in 1919 by the Trent Navigation Co, the old warehouse was given Grade II protection in 1995 and today it is home to luxury apartments, the Company Inn, a gym and comedy venue The Glee Club. Canal fever swept the country in the late 18th century and Nottingham got in on the act, developing a link from the town to Langley Mill where it could join the Erewash Canal and profit from its busy coal traffic. Some control was needed and so the Trent Navigation Company was created in 1783 by an act of Parliament “for improving and maintaining navigation on the River Trent”. See these photos of the golden age of steam trains in Nottingham View gallery Where Castle Wharf now bustles with pubs and bars, al fresco dining and … [Read more...] about How Nottingham went canal crazy during its boom years
Eleven billionaires with a connection to Scotland have been included in this year’s Rich List. The group, worth a combined £16.2billion, are among 1000 people who have made it into the Sunday Times’s prestigious register of the uber-wealthy. Glenn Gordon and his family, who run the William Grant & Sons distillery in Banffshire, top the Scottish list, with £2.5billion. Entrepreneurs Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and her husband John Shaw are second, having seen significant growth in their wealth in the past year. Their fortune now totals £1.7billion, with £606million of gains from the rise in the value of Biocon, the India-based pharmaceuticals firm they have a £1.6billion stake in. Sir Ian Wood, one of the leading players in Aberdeen’s oil boom years, is third on the Scottish list, with a £1.7billion fortune. The Scottish top 10 also features Mahdi al-Tajir, owner of Highland Spring, the Clark family, of the Arnold Clark car … [Read more...] about Whisky boss tops list of 11 Scots billionaires on this year’s Rich List