Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for London on Tuesday by an air ambulance for treatment after the Lahore High Court allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks for medical care on his plea and rejected the Imran Khan government’s condition of furnishing an indemnity bond.A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Baqar Najfi on Saturday announced the verdict on Sharif’s plea challenging the Imran Khan government’s condition of furnishing an indemnity bond for the removal of his name from the no-fly list so that he could travel to the UK for his medical treatment.After a marathon hearing of more than six hours, the court also ordered that the four-week duration can be extended further on the recommendations of Sharif’s doctors. The court also rejected the government’s condition of an indemnity bond.“Supreme leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Mian Nawaz Sharif will leave for … [Read more...] about Ailing former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to travel to London on Tuesday for medical treatment
Wealthy homebuyers are finding global cities less welcoming -- even hostile -- to their cash. Luxury property prices in 45 global cities rose an average of just 1.1% in the third quarter from a year earlier, the weakest annual gain since the end of 2009, according to a report from Knight Frank. They fell 4.4% in New York, 3.9% in London and 10% in Vancouver. No wonder. There's uncertainty at every corner, from trade wars to Brexit, Hong Kong pro-democracy protests and a populist backlash in some of the world's biggest and most affluent cities that are imposing new taxes on the rich. "The safe havens are becoming less certain," said Dan Conn, chief executive officer of Christie's International Real Estate. "It's becoming much more challenging in the hubs to find a high quality place to deploy capital." Global cities like London, Hong Kong and New York, which seemed to defy housing-market cycles year after year following the 2008 financial crisis, are losing their status as safe places … [Read more...] about NYC, London, Vancouver losing luster with luxury homebuyers
He’s one of Hollywood’s most bankable directors, but Ridley Scott proved he’s not above using public transport during an appearance in London on Friday. The celebrated filmmaker, who’s decades spanning career has earned him an estimated $400million (£309million) fortune, was seen waiting in line for a bus close to his home in an exclusive north west London enclave. Braced for the cold in a thick winter coat, the bearded Scott, 81, passed the time with a fellow passenger as he prepared to board an incoming single Decker. Oyster at the ready: He’s one of Hollywood’s most bankable directors, but Ridley Scott proved he’s not above using public transport during an appearance in London on Friday While the director could no double afford the luxury of chauffeur driven transport, he appeared happy to spend £1.50 on a rather more economical journey with Transport for London. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Victoria's … [Read more...] about Ridley Scott, worth £309million, proves he’s not above public transport as he forks out £1.50 for a London bus… and even queues in the cold with fellow passengers!
Two million people in London are living with illegal air pollution, according to the most recent data. However, nitrogen dioxide levels are falling and could reach legal levels within six years. In 2017, London saw its first breach of annual pollution limits just five days into the new year and in 2018 it occurred within a month. However, three months into 2019, no such breaches have taken place. In 2016, the last year in which Boris Johnson was mayor of London, there had been 43 breaches by this time. The new data is an update of the London Atmospheric Emission Inventory, which now includes 2016, the latest year available. It shows 2 million people living in areas with toxic air, including 400,000 children. It also shows that between 2013 and 2016, total nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions fell by 9%. However, over the same period, the number of primary schools in illegally polluted areas barely changed, going from 371 to 369, while the number of secondary schools affected grew from 81 … [Read more...] about Air pollution falling in London but millions still exposed
London has breached its annual air pollution limits just five days into 2017, a “shameful reminder of the severity of London’s air pollution”, according to campaigners. By law, hourly levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide must not be more than 200 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) more than 18 times in a whole year, but late on Thursday this limit was broken on Brixton Road in Lambeth. Many other sites across the capital will go on to break the annual limit and Putney High Street exceeded the hourly limit over 1,200 times in 2016. Oxford Street, Kings Road in Chelsea and the Strand are other known pollution hotspots. NO2 pollution, which is produced largely by diesel vehicles, causes 5,900 early deaths every year in London. Most air quality zones across the country break legal limits and the crisis was called a “public health emergency” by MPs in April. This week scientists said that one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in people living near busy roads … [Read more...] about London breaches annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days