On 22 June 2015, Xavier Justo, a 48-year-old retired Swiss banker, walked towards the front door of his brand new boutique hotel on Koh Samui, a tropical Thai island. He had spent the past three years building the luxurious white-stone complex of chalets and apartments overlooking the shimmering sea and was almost ready to open for business. All he needed was a licence. Justo had arrived in Thailand four years earlier, having fled the drab world of finance in London. In 2011, he and his girlfriend Laura toured the country on a motorbike and, two years later, they got married on a secluded beach. The couple eventually settled down in Koh Samui, a tourist hotspot, just an hour’s flight south of Bangkok. After trying out a couple of entrepreneurial ventures, Justo eventually decided that he would go into the hotel business. He bought a plot with an imposing house and began building: adding a gym, villas and a tennis court. That June afternoon, he was expecting a visit from the … [Read more...] about 1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal
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So, you think Coventry has no culture? You are absolutely wrong. Our city is a place where dreams are made and great inventions crafted - and if you don't believe us, you soon will. Below are 20 of the best things Cov has given the world. Which do you rank highest? 20 things that Coventry gave the world View gallery 1. Phrases/language The only man to spy on Lady Godiva as she rode naked through Coventry was known as Peeping Tom and today that's a common English word for a voyeur. Other sayings originating in the city include 'sent to Coventry', which is said to refer to the hostile reception given to Royalist prisoners who were captured during the Civil War and imprisoned in Coventry, a Parliamentarian stronghold. According to some accounts, 'true blue' is also a Coventry phrase because of the high-quality blue cloth that was made in the city and retained its dye when washed - this certainly accounts for the similar local saying 'as true as Coventry blue.' 2. Music 2 Tone … [Read more...] about 20 amazing things that Coventry gave the world
“On Friday, my constituent Zac Olumegbon was murdered in a planned attack close to his school. He was just 15, and I know that the thoughts of the entire House will be with his family at this very difficult time. He was the 13th teenager to lose a life needlessly in our capital city. Can the Prime Minister tell me, the rest of the House and the country what his government is doing, and will be doing, to stop this happening in our communities?” That was the first question I ever asked at Prime Minister’s Questions, then with David Cameron, shortly after being elected in May 2010. Zac was stabbed to death in front of Park Campus School in our borough of Lambeth in July 2010. Only the day before, he had spoken at a “Youth Against Violence” conference and was trying to turn his own life around, having got involved with the wrong people at a young age. He was associated with TN1 (“Trust No One”) – often referred to as a … [Read more...] about If we really want to tackle youth violence on the streets of London, we can start by getting rid of the term ‘gang’
In 2009, I was 18 and dating a man I trusted and cared about very much. He was my first love, but I was naïve and young. I knew it wasn't a healthy relationship so decided to end it. I eventually moved on with my life, and fell in love with my girlfriend Bria. We started a YouTube channel in 2012 called BriaAndChrissy, where we make videos about LGBT equality, and use music and comedy to inspire young people to accept themselves. Over the past four years, we have worked hard and now have more than 280 million views and one million followers on our combined social media channels. We have tried to make a difference to people's lives. Everything changed in 2013. I saw the videos for the first time on Tuesday 11 June. The memory of discovering them is crystal clear and often replays in my head. The text sound went off on my phone. I had a message from a friend saying that someone was posting comments on our YouTube channel that I was a "slut" and a bad role model, and to look at the … [Read more...] about He got me drunk. Secretly filmed us having sex. Then showed the world.
A shocking photo of an endangered rhino that was shot and brutally butchered by poachers has won one of the world's most prestigious photography competitions. Photojournalist Brent Stirton has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 for his compelling image Memorial to a species, which focuses on a black rhino that had been shot and de-horned in South Africa's Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Once the world's most numerous rhino species, black rhinos are now critically endangered due to poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horn, one of the world's most corrupt illegal wildlife networks. The killers were probably from a local community but working to order. Entering the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve at night, they shot the black rhino bull using a silencer. Working fast, they hacked off the two horns and escaped before being discovered by the reserve's patrol. The horns would have been sold to a middleman and smuggled out of South Africa, probably via … [Read more...] about Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017: The winners