Shoreditch has long coveted its position as London’s answer to New York’s Meatpacking District. So you can imagine the excitement in East London when the Achenbaum family — who launched the edgy Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel in Manhattan — embarked three years ago on an ambitious project in the area, now The Curtain. We arrive with a fashionable spring in our step and like the look of the six-storey brick building wedged between office blocks and opposite a 24/7 car wash. Very New York. One of the rooms inside The Curtain, a six-storey brick hotel in London's trendy Shoreditch area The reception area is dark and moody, with a long green sofa and lots of bare brick. We’ve booked the lowest category of room for a whopping £263. ‘That seems a lot,’ says my wife as we make for the fourth floor. Within seconds of walking into the poky slit of a room, it becomes clear it’s an excessive price. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next … [Read more...] about An Inspector Calls at London’s The Curtain where a ‘poky slit of a room’ costs an ‘excessive’ £263
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Almost 150 civilians were killed during protests in Iraq earlier this month as a result of security personnel using excessive force and live gunfire, a government committee has found. About 70% of the deaths were caused by bullet wounds to the head or chest, according to the committee's report.Chaos followed commanders losing control of their forces and many senior officers should be sacked, it adds.The protesters demanded jobs, an end to corruption, and better public services.Fresh demonstrations are planned for Friday, the first anniversary of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi taking office.Mr Abdul Mahdi has promised a cabinet reshuffle and a package of reforms to address the protesters' demands.Iraq protests: What's behind the anger?The protests, which lacked any organised leadership, started in the capital Baghdad on 1 October. Most of those taking part were young and unemployed.After security forces used live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators, the unrest … [Read more...] about Iraq troops used excessive force against protesters, official inquiry finds
Some tenants could be feeling the pain of successive measures by the Government against landlords. Rents are said to be rising as landlords try to recoup some of their losses following tax and regulatory changes, while properties are being snapped up by tenants at record levels amid a shortage of supply. If tenants are going to get a better deal, landlords need to be encouraged to stay in the sector and not contemplate quitting it altogether, leaving tenants with fewer homes to rent, according to a leading buy-to-let expert. He has given his views on how to make this happen, from tax incentives to the introduction of dedicated housing courts that ensure landlords can gain possession of their properties quickly and efficiently. Rents are rising as landlords try to recoup their losses following tax and regulatory changes Here, we outline the five elements of the buy-to-let manifesto that's been drawn up David Cox, of ARLA Propertymark. It could be perfect material for the new Government … [Read more...] about Annual property MOTs and a database of rogue landlords – expert reveals his five-point wishlist for buy-to-let, but what changes would you make?
Australian household debt levels are the second highest in the world but the Reserve Bank has declared over borrowing isn't a danger. More than half of Sydney's home borrowers are struggling to service their mortgages, with people in this category owing $765,000 as wages growth remains weak. Despite record-low interest rates, Australia's household-debt-to income ratio stands at 190 per cent. This is the second highest in the world after Switzerland, which has negative interest rates. Australian household debt levels are the second highest in the world but the Reserve Bank doesn't seem to care. More than half of Sydney's home borrowers are struggling to service their mortgages, with people in this category owing $765,000 as wages growth remains weak In just three decades, household debt to income levels in Australia have tripled - surging from just 60 per cent in 1988. The Reserve Bank of Australia played down the debt crisis on Tuesday as it explained why it cut interest rates by 0.25 … [Read more...] about Australian household debt is the second highest in the WORLD – but the Reserve Bank says excessive borrowing is only a ‘limited risk’
Today the Guardian is launching a year-long series, Our Unequal Earth, investigating environmental injustices: how ecological hazards and climate disasters have the harshest impacts on people of color, native tribes and those on low incomes. The most egregious examples include the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, petrochemical pollution in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, and the divisive oil-pipeline construction on the Standing Rock reservation. Each of these cases has also prompted inspiring community activism. The concept of “environmental justice” has only recently entered the mainstream, so our new environmental justice reporter, Nina Lakhani, asked five luminaries of the movement to explain it in their own words. They reveal why, alongside global heating and the extinction crisis, it is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Dr Robert Bullard: the ‘father of environmental justice’ Q: How did the environmental justice movement begin? I … [Read more...] about What is ‘environmental injustice’ and why is the Guardian covering it?