RUPERT Rixon started his own company with just £50 two years ago - and next year his video production business is expecting to turn over more than £1million. The 23-year-old entrepreneur from Hertfordshire, who now lives in north London, began thinking of ways to make extra cash after his parents lost £150,000 in the Northern Rock crisis in 2007. Now his digital-first production company Perspective Pictures says it’s on track for an annual turnover of £700,000 this year and has forecasted a turnover of more than £1million next year. Rupert started thinking up business plans when his parents - who want to remain anonymous - lost money in the Northern Rock collapse. Just two weeks before the bank went into meltdown, they had bought a bigger house in need of renovations. His mum and dad, who work as a property business owner and police officer, planned to finance the works with the sale of their old home.But as the bank collapsed, the value of the their … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur, 23, reveals how he started million-pound video business with only £50 after his parents lost £150k in the Northern Rock crisis
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The plain wooden coffins are lowered, one by one, from the back of a morgue truck into the hands of waiting inmates, men standing in a pre-dug trench already filled with other bodies on a small, narrow strip of land off the coast of the Bronx. The only other people on the island – beside the inmates and the dead – are armed Department of Correction officers, overseeing this New York City burial as the rest of the nation’s largest metropolis – almost wholly unaware this place exists – get ready for work. This is just a regular Thursday on Hart Island, essentially the city’s potter’s field – though not all who end up here, it turns out, are destitute or unknown. The bodies are collected from the city morgues several times a week, ferried to a dock at the end of a residential street by a truck driver who alternately naps and drinks Dunkin Donut’s coffee as he awaits the arrival of inmates from Rikers Island. Then the morgue truck and … [Read more...] about New York’s Island of Lost Souls: The largest mass burial site in America where more than 1 MILLION nameless adults and babies are laid to rest in trenches dug by inmates
‘I WROTE YOU A THREE-PAGE LETTER CONTAINING SOME OF MY THOUGHTS,” the man who murdered Jo Cox told me, replying to a letter I had sent to him in prison. His note was short, just half a side of A4 paper, and there was no sign of the other three pages he mentioned. Thomas Mair shot and stabbed the MP as she made her way to a constituency surgery at the local library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June 2016, a week before the EU referendum. He told the two police officers who arrested him that he was a “political activist”. A search of the 52-year-old’s house revealed far-right and neo-Nazi interests. But once in custody, he gave police nothing more. “We’re asking you why you’ve done it,” an officer asked. “Jo Cox’s family want to know why she’s dead.” Mair sat, arms folded, defiant. When asked to give his name at the magistrates’ hearing two days after the murder, Mair replied “death to … [Read more...] about The making of a bedsit Nazi: who was the man who killed Jo Cox?
At around 8pm on Sunday 29 January, a young man walked into a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City and opened fire on worshippers with a 9mm handgun. The imam had just finished leading the congregation in prayer when the intruder started shooting at them. He killed six and injured 19 more. The dead included an IT specialist employed by the city council, a grocer, and a science professor. The suspect, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student, has been charged with six counts of murder, though not terrorism. Within hours of the attack, Ralph Goodale, the Canadian minister for public safety, described the killer as “a lone wolf”. His statement was rapidly picked up by the world’s media. Goodale’s statement came as no surprise. In early 2017, well into the second decade of the most intense wave of international terrorism since the 1970s, the lone wolf has, for many observers, come to represent the most urgent security threat faced by the west. … [Read more...] about The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist
Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old petty criminal, spent much of the last 36 hours of his life crouched over a laptop in his small apartment in the south‑western French city of Toulouse. It was March 2012. Outside, armed police and journalists gathered. Merah reheated frozen food in a microwave and checked his weapons. He spoke with negotiators and described how he had travelled to Pakistan a few months earlier to receive some desultory training from a faction linked to al-Qaida. He also explained, incoherently, why he had killed seven people over the previous two weeks in a series of shootings. But most of the time, Merah worked on his computer. Just a few hours before he was killed by armed police after a sustained firefight, Merah finished editing a 24-minute video clip. It was a compilation of images from the GoPro camera that he had attached to his body armour before each of his killings. GoPro primarily caters to practitioners of extreme sports who wish to obtain point-of-view … [Read more...] about How the changing media is changing terrorism