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Sign of the times as Manchester City launch Etihad Stadium

It's out with the old and in with the Blue at Manchester City – with the new name for the club’s stadium on display for the world to see. The ground, formerly known as the City of Manchester Stadium, was renamed the Etihad Stadium last month as part of a sponsorship deal with the Abu Dhabi-based airline worth hundreds of millions of pounds. A giant cherry picker was yesterday installing sky-blue posters and signs bearing the Etihad name on the stands and entrances to the 47,800capacity stadium. The Blues kick off the Premier League season on Monday, with the visit of Welsh newcomers Swansea City. Work at the ground is going on around-the-clock as the kick-off draws closer. As widely predicted, Eti-

had won the battle to sponsor the stadium – built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games – as well as the club’s shirts. The land around the ground has become the ‘Etihad Campus’ as part of the deal. The cash will help bankroll the transformation of the area over the coming years.

It will see City, who moved to the stadium from Maine Road in 2003, shift their training operation from Carrington. Proposals currently out to consultation include a ‘world-beating’ complex of pitches and medical facilities, as well as a 7,000-seater sta-

dium for the club’s youth teams. The club wants 80 per cent of the 250 expected jobs to go to local workers. No plans have yet been revealed for land immediately next to the stadium but it is understood proposals are being discussed. The naming rights deal was seen as a big boost to the Blues, who will play in the Champions League for the first time this season. They need to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules which stipulate clubs must not post aggregate losses of more than £40.5m over the next three years. The deal, which will see the airline sponsor the stadium for the next 10 years, is said to be the most expensive football sponsorship deal ever. The club are also expected to feature in in-flight entertainment on Etihad flights.

Sharapova highest earning female sports star

Manchester United quiet United down City 3-2 in on stake sale talk Community Shield

Manchester United have declined to be drawn on a report the controlling Glazer family are planning to sell as much as a 25 percent stake in the English club on the market. A newspaper quoted an unnamed banking source as saying the proposal was being considered by the owners in order to clear some debt. “We don’t comment on

speculation,” a spokesman for the Premier League winners and last term’s Champions League runners-up said. The American Glazers have been unpopular with many fans since buying the club and taking it off the stock market in 2005 with supporters saying they were uncomfortable with the levels of debt despite continued onfield success.

Kim Clijsters of Belgium interacts with junior tennis players at an event to launch Rogers Cup LIVE! presented by National Bank at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Nani scored in injury time to give Manchester United a 3-2 win over Manchester City in English football’s seasonopening Community Shield, completing his team’s comeback from 2-0 down. The Premier League champion trailed to goals by Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko despite dominating chances and possession but got back in the game when Chris Smalling tapped in Ashley Young’s 52nd-minute free kick. Seven minutes later, Nani lifted the ball over goalkeeper Joe Hart to round off a sparkling team move. The Portugal winger then robbed Vincent Kompany near the halfway line, ran unchallenged into the area and rounded Hart to score. Lescott was arguably City’s best player at Wembley, blocking a close-range effort by Smalling on the line and deflecting a free kick by Nani past the post before he headed in David Silva’s 38thminute free kick. While City’s attacking players were overshadowed by Nani, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, central defender Lescott also made a crucial chal-

lenge on Rooney in the 69th when United had worked a three-on-two opening. Argentina forward Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute for City, which had seemed happy to settle for a penalty shootout until Nani’s second goal. United cleared a corner kick up to halfway and Kompany, the City captain, was beaten by Nani. With the United fans roaring, the winger outpaced his opponent, dodged to the left around Hart and hit the winner. The game was littered with yellow cards and rash tackles, with Mario Balotelli squaring up to Nemanja Vidic and rolling on the ground claiming injury when he fell attempting to get out of a tackle by Nani. Dzeko and Anderson were both booked in the first half when they went chest to chest following the striker’s tackle from behind, while City fullback Micah Richards was lucky not to get a red card for a high two-footed lunge on Young on the left corner of the area. Referee Phil Dowd only booked the defender.

She may not be winning on the court, but off it, tennis star Maria Sharapova is raking it in as the world's highest earning female sports star. The Russian tennis beauty - who has not won a Grand Slam since 2008 - has come top of the latest Forbes rankings for the seventh year in a row. Earning a staggering $25 million last year, Sharapova has soundly beat her second place rival - and current world number one - Caroline Wozniacki on $12.5 million. Surprisingly, seven of the top nine female earners were tennis players. One of the rare, non racket carrying millionaires was American racing driver Danica Patrick, who ended up third on $12 million. Sharapova, who has won three Grand Slam titles in her career, came came close to winning the Wimbledon title earlier this year. Her dreams were however shattered by Petra Kvitova in the final in what

proved to be a one-sided affair. The 6ft 2ins Russian, who hadn't lost a set in the previous rounds, struggled to find her form against the determined Kvitova who won in straight sets. Sharapova, 24, who took the title in 2004 at the tender age of 17, seemed close to tears as she collected her runners-up trophy. Even so, Sharapova, who has won the US Open and the Australian Open since she won Wimbledon, claimed her fortnight had been profitably spent in spite of this failure 'This is a big step because my game is improving, and it's a big step because it gives me a tremendous amount of confidence going forward,' she said. 'I'm determined to win more major championships. It didn't happen today; maybe, it will tomorrow.' The two American tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams came fourth and sixth respectively

19 England friendly falls victim to riots

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Great Britain in action during a 470 Womens Class race on day eight of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein said he was "incredibly sad" to call off England's friendly against Netherlands at Wembley because of the widespread rioting and looting in the capital. England's players also issued a statement, saying: "We have all seen the terrible pictures on television and the most important thing at this time is the safety of the fans and the general public. "At this time the whole squad would like to appeal for calm and an end to this disorder." Bernstein said the decision to postpone the fixture was taken after discussions with the government, police and local council.

Liverpool take 1,000 seats off Man United and give them to their own fans Liverpool have taken more than 1,000 seats off Manchester United – and will give them to their own fans instead. The move came ahead of the eagerly-awaited Premier League clash between the two sides in October. It will see United's allocation slashed for the Premier League game from 3,015 to 1,965 - and has already provoked fury on fans' websites. Liverpool council's li-

censing committee made the decision after a recommendation from the city's ground safety advisory group. It was supported by Liverpool FC. The advisory group cited 'safety reasons', laying the blame at the door of United's travelling army. The club's stadium manager, Ged Poynton, told councillors at a hearing yesterday that Reds fans often stood in the aisles, blocking

exits and causing serious risks. But United fans who also attended told the licencing panel that handing the tickets back to Liverpool supporters could lead to 'further antagonism' and inflame a rivalry that is already one of the most ferocious in English football. They had asked for the back three rows of their section of the Anfield Road stand, which offer an ob-

structed view, to be closed instead. That plan was rejected. A spokesman for Liverpool council said: “This decision will be reviewed on an annual basis by the head of licensing, in consultation with Liverpool FC. "It will also be looked at if Manchester United are drawn with Liverpool FC in any future cup matches." Liverpool FC declined to comment when contacted by the M.E.N.

Kvitova says life unchanged by Wimbledon victory

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova takes her new status as a Czech sports superstar in her stride, insisting it has not changed her life much despite busy weeks of celebrations. Having recovered from a thigh muscle injury, the 21year-old world number seven is bracing for an overseas campaign starting in Toronto next week and topped by the US Open at the turn of August. “The only change is that people recognise me in the street, they want an autograph or a picture. But I’m still the same,” Kvitova told AFP in an interview in Prostejov, the eastern Czech town where her club is based. The picture of a smiling Kvitova with Wimble-

don’s Venus Rosewater Dish has been a permanent fixture on the front pages of Czech sports magazines since she beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the final on July 2. “No success can change her positive and modest character. It’s rather a stimulus for her to work even harder,” said her coach David Kotyza. Kvitova enjoyed a triumphant return to her country which she criss-crossed on board a private jet lent by a local tycoon to manage a hectic agenda, including a meeting with President Vaclav Klaus, a keen tennis player. “I spent about half an hour with Mr Klaus, talking about tennis and sports,” Kvitova said.


I only want to look beautiful: Kareena Kapoor Actress Kareena Kapoor is very excited about the release of Ra.One and Agent Vinod. When we caught up with the actress recently, she told us how she loved her job of looking beautiful. She told us, "I only want to look beautiful. I hate doing stunts and all those hardworling things. I enjoy doing songs, and looking good. So I told Shah Rukh, if you are going to keep the songs for me and stunts for you, I'm on!" Kareena Kapoor added, "Ra.One was a super experience. Working with Shah Rukh is always superb. He is such a charmer. He knows how to make every lady feel special, and I am his costar, so I have to be treated specially."

Asin's 8 year old male admirer Asin has found a new admirer in her Housefull 2 producer Sajid Nadiadwala's son Subhaan. Says a s o u r c e close to Asin, "During the entire London schedule, Subhaan appeared to be completely smitten by Asin and kept showering her with gifts from chocolates to lollypops, roses and teddy bears. The eight-year old would keep following her around. She found it very sweet and spent as much time as she possibly could with him. This is the first time that Asin has found a young, male admirer." Wonder if Neil Nitin Mukesh is listening? Had he had taken tips from the kiddo, Asin wouldn't have broken off with him.

Katrina Kaif, the 'action girl' Katrina Kaif is an adrenaline junkie who loves challenging herself. After learning to ride a bike and also indulging in hardcore scubadiving for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Kat was ecstatic on receiving an invitation to Naushera in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for the Independence special edition of a TV show. The actress not only did some rock-climbing and river rafting but also learned to fire an AK-56 rifle, much to the delight of the jawans who were awestruck with her fitness and stamina levels.

Atkinson discharged from hospital

Actor Rowan Atkinson, popularly known as Mr Bean, has been discharged from hospital after suffering a shoulder fracture in an accident. The 56-year-old was hospitalised after he crashed his luxury McLaren F1 car. The car spun off the road, hitting a tree and a road sign before catching fire. Atkinson was seen leaving the hospital in Peterborough, England, in a wheelchair and was driven away in an ambulance. “I understand he has a fractured shoulder blade which is very painful and why he needed to stay in overnight. He is shaken but not stirred. I think he was in pain and had painkillers,” quoted Atkinson`s representative Peter Bennett-Jones as saying.

“The car has been removed and I`m sure he won`t want it to be written off. He will want to get it repaired straight away. He will be very rattled and I think he`ll want to keep as low profile as possible,” Bennett-Jones added.

Salman Khan set to create history

Salman Khan is set to change the perception of history being dull and boring. He sports an attitude that is symbolic of what the allnew HISTORY channel represents. He is complemented by an exciting, new wardrobe, styled by his sister Alvira Agnihotri and Ashley Rebello. The channel has signed him on, as his popularity cuts across all ages and gender. The channel, coming soon to India in partnership with TV18, is the original HISTORY channel from US and the number one factual entertainment channel there. The content promises to be gripping and racy - a far cry from the boring history narrative programs this far. Research has shown that viewers have started watching factual entertainment channels the world over even more. They offer a different style of programming, enhanced visual experience that's set in an outdoor setting. This trend is likely to catch up in India as people are looking beyond soaps, serials and existing reality TV for entertainment. Ask Salman about his association with the channel and he says, "I simply love their unexpected take and content. It's nothing like I expected history to be. You too will be totally taken aback. Just be patient and soon all will be revealed."

Cher Lloyd swaggers to top pop singles charts

Teenage singer Cher Lloyd who reached the final of reality TV talent show "X Factor" in 2010 stormed to the top of the singles chart with her debut release. Lloyd's "Swagger Jagger" knocked "She Makes Me Wanna" by boy band JLS, also former "X Factor" finalists, into second spot, the Official Charts Company said. "Having a No. 1 was the best thing I could have asked

for," 18-year-old Lloyd said. There was little other change at the top of the chart, with British/Irish boyband The Wanted slipping to third with "Glad You Came," singer Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" unchanged in fourth, and "Louder" by DJ Fresh dropping two places to No. 5. Amy Winehouse, who died last month aged 27, continued to dominate the albums chart.

Fans stand in front of a clothing store with mannequins in the window, as they wait across the street for the stars to arrive at the premiere of the new film "30 Minutes Or Less" in Hollywood, California.

South Africa captain Smith weds Irish singer South African skipper Graeme Smith married Irish singer and model Morgan Deane at a private ceremony in Cape Town, media reported. The Sunday Times weekly newspaper said the couple exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony at St Bernard Catholic Church in Claremont and afterwards joined family and friends at a reception overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both Smith, 30 and Deane, 26, took to Twitter just before the ceremony. Deane twitted:”Today I’m getting married to the man of my dreams,” while Smith tweeted: “Thanks for all your positive vibes!! Most exciting day of my life.” The couple got engaged in April when Smith flew to Ireland to pop the question after the Proteas’ shock 49-run defeat to New Zealand sent them crashing out of the Cricket World Cup in March. His move angered South African fans who accused him of dodging the fallout of the Proteas’ exit when he did not return home with the team after their quarter-finals loss. However he apologised to the fans for not returning from India with the team after the World Cup exit, saying he should have explained his reasons earlier.

Sixteenth death anniversary of Nadira observed

Sixteenth death anniversary of Pakistan’s wellknown actress Nadira was observed. She was murdered mysteriously on August 6, 1995 in Gulberg, Lahore. Since stepping feet in Pakistan’s film industry, film star Nadira has ruled millions of hearts with her sparkling beauty and brilliant acting skills. She made her acting debut with Punjabi film “Nishan” in 1986 and until 1994 acted in number of Punjabi and Urdu hit movies that made her a timeless top actress of 1980’s. Unfortunately, Nadira was assassinated in 1995 when she was just coming out of a restaurant and sitting in her car. Her uncer-

tain death left Pakistan’s film industry with a question mark still unanswered. “Terey Naal Mein Laiyan Akhiyan” and “Saari Raat Tera Takiya Mein Raah” are Nadira’s ever hit songs sung by Madam Noor Jehan. Some of her films include Nachay Nagin, Hakoomat, Tohfa, Mafroor, Zakhmi Aurat, Jadoogarni, Godfather, and Laila.

Jennifer Hudson achieves size zero Actress Jennifer Hudson, who recently shed 36 kg and went down a massive five dress sizes, has finally achieved a US size zero. On last week edition of American talk show “The View”, presenter Joy Behar revealed that on a recent shopping trip, she bumped into the actress and overheard a salesperson tell the “Dreamgirls” star that she was a size zero. When the presenter asked Jennifer how it felt to be that size, she replied: “I feel like they`re talking to someone else.” She dropped from a US size 16 through diet and exercise but recent pictures indicate that she has lost even more weight. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old admits that it isn`t easy to stay slim, re-

ports “Being skinny, it`s a job. It`s not easy. I feel this responsibility to the world now - people are watching so I have to keep going in the right direction in terms of my weight loss,” she said.



Bilingual parrot learns Urdu

Mittu the parrot deserves congratulations – or as the African grey might say, ‘shabaash’, a website reports. The bilingual bird has developed an impressive vocabulary in both English and Urdu after being raised in a home where both are spoken. As well as the likes of ‘who’s a pretty boy then’, the two-year-old has mastered the traditional Muslim greeting ‘Asalaam Alaykum’ and ‘Bismillah’, the Urdu for ‘in the name of Allah’. Owner Ghaffar Ahmed, 36, said: ‘He speaks Urdu and English. But he also barks like a dog and makes the noise of the refrigerator alarm, so he likes making all sorts of noises really.’ Mittu lives with Ahmed’s family in Stourbridge, West Midlands. This year a study found that African greys are capable of the same level of intelligent reasoning as a four-year-old child. Ahmed said: ‘I don’t know how many bilingual birds there are in the UK but there can’t be many. ‘My in-laws live in Bradford and a family who they know were looking to rehome the parrot as he was becoming too much of a handful. ‘They wanted him to go to a home that spoke the same language, so we said we’d have him on board and ever since then he has become part of the family. Ahmed, who runs a car firm and accident management company, says he is re-

fusing to take him out to the local mosque – after the parrot escaped recently from his workplace. Ahmed, his wife, Shabana, 31, and their three young daughters were ‘devastated’ when he disappeared. But tears turned to joy when the bird turned up four days later having flown four miles away. Susan Lane, from Halesowen, West Midlands, found the Mittu in her holly tree and found Ahmed online. ‘As soon as we were reunited he came and kissed my face,’ Ahmed added. ‘We were delighted to have him back, it was like losing one of the family when he flew off. ‘So I’m not letting him go out any more, I’m keeping a close eye on him from now on.

American sets off on record 103-mile Cuba to Florida swim Sixty-one-year-old US swimmer Diana Nyad sets off from Cuba on a 60-hour swim to Florida in shark-infested waters, The Telegraph online reports. With a calm sea before her, 61-year-old American swimmer Diana Nyad plunged into the Straits of Florida at dusk on Sunday to begin what she hopes will be a world record 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Wearing a black bathing suit and blue swimming cap, she methodically stroked her way north through crystal clear waters, accompanied by a small fleet of boats that included Cuban well wishers seeing her off and the 45member team that will accompany her on the 60-hour journey. Before heading out to sea, she confidently told the crowds that had gathered at the Marina Hemingway on the outskirts of Havana that she would return to celebrate

the feat with them. “I’m standing here in the prime of my life. Now I look out at a dead, flat calm, so I think this is my day,” she said. Nyad waited until the daytime winds had died so she could start her quest in quiet seas. Weather forecasters had predicted doldrumslike conditions until Thursday in the straits that separate the United States and Cuba, giving her a good window for the gruelling voyage. Nyad tried the crossing from Cuba in 1978 when she was 28, but failed in the face of winds and heavy waves. The same swim was completed successfully by Australian Susan Maroney in May 1997. But Nyad’s claim to a world record will be that, unlike Maroney, she is doing it without a shark cage in the strait’s warm, shark-infested waters.

Meet the 99year-old video game master According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average gamer is 37 years old, Yahoo News reports. Kids born the day the original Nintendo was released are entering their late 20s, while geeks who whiled away the days with a Pong machine are storming past 40. But compared to Umeji Narisawa, we’re all just a bunch of babies. Japanprobe caught up with the 99-year-old gamer, who got hooked on the hobby at the tender age of 73 when her grandkids brought home a copy of the action/puzzle classic Bomberman for the NES (technically the Famicon, the Japanese version of the system.) Narisawa was intrigued, gave it a shot, and has been playing it for several hours a day since. So what does playing Bomberman every day for 26 years get you?

Tsunami caused Manhattan-sized iceberg in Antarctica

The tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 propagated waves that hit an ice shelf in Antarctica 13,000 kilometres away, smashing parts of it into huge icebergs, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. On March 12, ESA's Envisat Earth-monitoring satellite spotted icebergs

that had broken from the Sulzberger ice shelf, and on March 16, the pieces were seen floating into the Ross Sea, it said. The largest berg measured about 9.5 kms by 6.5 kms, making it slightly bigger in surface area than Manhattan, and had a likely depth of about 80 metres (260 feet).

The tsunami was at least 23 metres (76 feet) high after it had been generated by an underwater quake of 9.0 magnitude, according to Japanese estimates published a week after the event. Analysis of Envisat's radar pictures by experts in the United States suggests that the waves were probably only about 30 centimetres (18 inches) high by the time they had crossed 13,000 kilometres (8,100 miles) of ocean. Even so, the rhythmic up-and-down movement was enough to stress the ice shelf's rigid structure, causing chunks to break off at its edge, ESA said in a press release. Research that linked the tsunami to the iceberg calving was carried out by a team led by Kelly Brunt, an ice specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Their study appears in an online publication, the Journal of Glaciology.


Riots may curb property investment in suburbs

Property investors will think twice about pouring money into retail assets outside of central London after rioters damaged shops and malls around the country, undermining renewed interest in already-struggling secondary locations. Overnight riots, mainly hitting Manchester, Liver-

pool, and Birmingham, saw shops torched and shopping centres broken into, mimicking scenes seen in London districts, such as Clapham and Hackney, over the past three nights. "The riots were more bad news for a (retail) sector already struggling," said Harm Meijer, a property analyst at

JPMorgan. "It is not a huge disaster at this stage but you could expect a small impact on estimated rental values," he told Reuters. This year, global investors have become increasingly interested in out-of-London UK shopping centres, chasing attractive yields and value-add opportunities.

Possible mall buyers include a raft of property companies, funds, and sovereign wealth funds from around the world. International investors "will probably be more wary of looking at some of the (London) suburbs," said Richard Lewis, property director of developer Town

Centre Securities. Televised coverage of burning buildings and looting will serve as yet another negative in what has been a tough year for the UK high street, with dismal vacancy rates, rents and capital values, and a fresh round of retailers shutting up shop already expected. Shopping malls damaged included Hammerson's Bullring in

Birmingham and the Manchester Arndale Centre, coowned by Prudential and Capital Shopping Centres. CSC and Hammerson were repairing their malls, which had reopened. Meijer said the riots could serve to undermine London's image with global investors as a safe haven, which was behind the fast run-up in prime central London prices.


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(1) Firefighters douse buildings set ablaze by rioters in Clapham Junction (2) Members of the public sweep the streets in Clapham Junction. (3) A store destroyed by fire in Croydon, south London is seen in this still image taken from footage. (4) Damage is pictured to a local shop in Croydon. (5) Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Theresa May visit residents and shopkeepers in Clapham Junction (6) A sign is pictured in a shop window near Clapham Junction (7) Firefighters tackle a fire at a Sony Centre warehouse (8) Smoke billows from a Sony Centre warehouse in Enfield


Manchester International Trafford Park wins Festival to host Britain's syndicate £160,000 first vertical farm in 2013 lottery jackpot

Radiant Hair & Beauty at Living Islam Living Islam is a vibrant and inspiring experience, an amazing family festival of faith, entertainment and spirituality. This year held during the last weekend of July, Living Islam is a British family event and retreat that has been held every 2-3 years for over a decade in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire countryside. People attend the four day extravaganza from all over the UK (as well as mainland Europe) with its unique variety of activities, talks and performances. They come from varied walks of life including families, students and nonMuslims. Radiant Hair & Beauty had the privilege of organising the Beauty Salon at Living Islam, bringing their well known quality treatments and services to the women attending. The ladies were pampered and spoiled by Radiant’s professional staff helping to contribute to the fantastic experience they were enjoying at the camp. Many salons in the Manchester area kindly donated equipment and products. Over £1,730 was collected and all of this was donated to Living Islam

£30m office complex planned for city

A new £30m hotel and office development could be built in Leeds city centre after a joint venture bought a prime commercial development site. Leeds-based Gregory Projects and Elland-based Marshall Construction have bought a 0.6 acre site on Whitehall Road from Town Centre Securities for an undisclosed sum The joint venture hopes to build a 130-bedroom hotel and 50,000 sq ft of offices. Premier Inn has signed a deal to operate the hotel as part of

its plans to expand into the south of the city and close to the train station. A full planning application is expected to be submitted next month. Richard Tovey, at Gregory Projects, said: “This is a prime development opportunity that will draw interest from blue chip businesses seeking a very short walk to the railway station. “The advanced agreement with Premier Inn reinforces the location values as well as Leeds’ capacity for more hotel accommodation.”

Adam Cockroft, of DTZ, which is marketing the office space with Sanderson Weatherall, added: “Leeds remains one of Europe’s top business destinations and still enjoys healthy demand for high quality office accommodation, despite the economic downturn. “This development is in an excellent location and offers an opportunity for potential occupiers to influence the design and layout of their office space and also enjoy an on-site hotel for guests and employees.”

Manchester could be at the forefront of an ‘agricultural revolution’ if a radical plan to solve the world’s food crisis takes off. Organisers of Manchester’s International Festival 2013 want to turn a disused tower block in Wythenshawe into Britain’s first ‘vertical farm’. The idea has already been attempted in cities around the world. But it will be trialled for the first time in this country in Wythenshawe at a derelict office block, named Alpha House. The multi-storey greenhouse will use modern farming techniques, such as hydroponics and aquaponics, to produce vegetables including lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers as well as supporting fish, chickens and bees. It is hoped the farm will be able to grow enough food to supply the international festival in 2013. But Steve Connor, CEO of Creative Concern which is spearheading the project, said the people of Wythenshawe are central to its success. We want to do this with the community of Wythenshawe,” he said. “It’s the perfect place to kick it off. You’ve got a town centre that’s being revitalised, a certain amount of food activity in terms of the allotments – there’s every hope we’ll be able to unlock a

significant amount of local support. It’s really critical.” Architect Charlie Baker explained the decision to choose a tower block. He said: “The primary interest is that it’s already there as an unused office building. If you search Google for ‘vertical farms’ you will mostly see architecturally-produced images – but in a lot of cases they’re not wildly practical. Our view was, if you’re going to show a way of growing food inside a building, you might as well use one no one wants any more. “From a modern building point of view, it’s a bit of a basket case. The windows are single-glazed and there’s no insulation. If we can make it work here we can make it work anywhere.” The idea of vertical farming was first proposed by Professor Dickson Despommier, of Columbia University in New York, who came to Manchester to help launch the project. If successful, it is hoped vertical farms could take off across Greater Manchester. “What happens after depends on how well it works,” said Charlie. “But I hope it builds into a hub for homegrown food across the north west. “Manchester has a heritage of making ideas work. We led the industrial revolution – why can’t we lead an agricultural one?”

A group of factory workers are planning jet-set holidays around the world after scooping almost £160,000 on the lottery. The 33-strong syndicate from Lindab, an air conditioning manufacturer in Trafford Park, will be enjoying extra-special summer getaways this year following their win. They will each receive £4,805 after matching five numbers and the bonus ball last Wednesday. But they have the quickthinking of the syndicate leader’s wife to thank for their success – after she noticed the winning numbers on TV. Malcolm Berry, 60, from Sale, had forgotten to check the numbers and had no idea the team had won until he got a call from his wife, Pat, at work. "We’ve only been doing the National Lottery for about nine months and I just didn’t think to check the ticket," he said. "Pat rang me at work and told me to sit down and then said that we’d won the lottery and won big. "I just couldn’t believe it – I was shaking. It’s a good job she checked it. "I got all the lads together and told them. "Some of them didn’t believe me – they thought it was a wind up. "It was great to see everyone so happy. They are all buzzing." The unexpected windfall meant all the more to Arthur Perkins, 51, from Stretford, who had been hoping to spoil his wife Gail for their 25th wedding anniversary.


Thousands of cyclists take to city streets for SkyRide

Thousands of cyclists took over the centre of Manchester as cars were banished from some of the city's busiest roads for the third annual SkyRide. Families, keen riders and first-timers crossed paths with some of cycling's elite along the seven mile route from Castlefield to the Manchester Velodrome at SportCity. Olympic champion Chris Hoy was joined by an estimated 20,000 riders on the course – and he said he was thrilled to see so many riders from his adopted home town brave the weather to saddle up. He said: "Manchester has become the spiritual home of British cycling in recent years and has some of the best facilities in the UK, and it's great to see the enthusiasm people have for cycling in the city. "It's a great event to get young kids into riding there

bike. I think in a city environment sometimes parents can be a little concerned about letting kids out on the roads but by getting started on traffic-free roads you can help them build up that confidence. "The aim isn't to produce future champions but just to encourage people to cycle. There are so many benefits, and if you look at the current state of the economy I think it's becoming an ever more popular way to get about." X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke was another of the celebrities taking part and took the perfect opportunity to take her new wheels for a spin. He said: "I'd bought myself a new bike the week before I was offered the chance to get into SkyRide so I thought that's got to be a sign. I've been out riding around the centre and it's a fantastic event.

"It's quite strange seeing no cars in the centre but you can tell people have really been enjoying it and making the most of it, and at the same time it's getting people healthy and active." As well as street cycling there were special freestyle courses for more extreme rid-

Airport City ‘will ground jobs growth elsewhere’, say campaigners

A damaged retail store is pictured in Manchester city centre, following a fourth night of violence in Britain. Hundreds of masked youths rampaged through the centre of Manchester on Tuesday, smashing windows and going on a looting spree as the worst riots for decades in Britain spread to a new city on a fourth night of violence.

New Thai PM receives royal endorsement

Thailand’s king endorsed Yingluck Shinawatra as the new premier, an official said, allowing the sister of fugitive ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra to take the helm of the troubled nation. Yingluck, a 44-year-old

political novice, was elected as Thailand’s first ever female prime minister in a parliamentary vote on Friday but had to complete formalities including official approval by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. “His Majesty the King has given his endorsement,” House Speaker Somsak Kietsuranont said after receiving an audience with the 83-yearold monarch, who has been in hospital since September 2009. Yingluck swept to an election victory last month with the support of her older brother Thaksin, who is loathed by the elite in government, military and palace circles, and was toppled in a 2006 coup. Bhumibol, who has reigned for more than six decades, is seen as a stabilising force in the troubled country but has no official political role.

Ukraine judge refuses to free ex-PM A judge rejected requests by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers to free her from police detention during her trial on a charge of abuse of office. Since the trial began at the end of June, Tymoshenko has refused repeatedly to cooperate with judge Rodion Kireyev and denounced him as a “puppet” of President Viktor Yanukovich, her political opponent. She was placed in police detention last Friday for contempt of court. Kireyev handed down his ruling as thousands of Tymoshenko’s supporters gathered outside the courtroom on Kiev’s main thoroughfare, calling for her release.

Manchester Airport is not a suitable location for an enterprise zone because it will suck economic life away from the rest of the region, a new report claims. The £400m Airport City project is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs but the study casts doubt on its predicted impact. The report, by the Campaign to Protect Rural England North West Regional Group, warns it could undermine development elsewhere in Greater Manchester and cause a ‘prosperity black hole’. Project leaders say a 60acre site, centred around Manchester Business Park,

north of the airport, will include offices, shops, hotels and manufacturing space. But the CPRE said evidence from the first wave of Enterprise Zones, launched in the 1980s, showed they have displaced businesses from other areas. It also claimed few of the jobs established in the zones remained after economic support ended. Andy Yuille, senior policy and campaigns officer for CPRE north west, said: "There is a need to attract investment and create jobs, but looking at the prosperity of Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas as a whole, this just isn’t the right

place to do it. It will add pressure to build on the green belt south of Manchester while taking potential jobs and investment away from locations to the north of the conurbation that really need an economic boost." Airport City will become one of the country’s first Enterprise Zones and is expected to bring 10,500 full-time jobs in the next 10 to 15 years. A planning application will be submitted before the end of the year with a view to starting construction work by early 2012. Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester council, said: "This report misses the point of Airport City entirely.

ers and live entertainment for those resting their legs after a spin round the city. Paul Hughes, 41, of Salford, spent an hour-and-ahalf on the course with his son Charlie, six, and felt the event was the ideal way to get more youngsters into cycling.

UK soldier kept fingers of dead Taliban: report A British soldier fighting in Afghanistan is being investigated over claims he cut off the fingers of dead Taliban insurgents and kept them as souvenirs, a British newspaper reported. The allegations centre round a soldier who served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, during their tour of the restive southern province of Helmand, a newspaper reported. “We can confirm that an incident is being investigated by the Royal Military Police (Special Investigation Branch),” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.


Emergency manager describes horrors of Somalia’s famine zone and makes desperate plea for more aid

Islamic Relief’s Emergency Programme Manager for Somalia spoke of the horrific suffering he has witnessed in the capital and also in the surrounding countryside, out of reach of many international aid agencies. He expressed his frustration at aid agencies that are still carrying out evaluation missions to decide how they will help. “How many evaluations do you need?” asks Hassan Liban. “It’s obvious that the situation is desperate and we need to get more food to people. The world has so much information but no support is coming. “Today in one of the camps in Mogadishu we found a grandfather reciting the Qur’an to his one-year-

old grandson, giving him the last rites. We asked why he wasn’t taking the boy to the hospital and he said he would have to abandon a group of other desperately malnourished children he was caring for. We rushed the boy to the hospital but he died on arrival. We were all in tears. “The suffering we have seen in Mogadishu is unbearable but what I have seen out in the countryside is horrific. At first sight many villages seem completely deserted because people have left for the nearest town or the capital Mogadishu in search of food and water. But when you look closer there are a handful of people still there – those who were too weak to leave and are

now too frail even to sit up or to stand. They just lie there, barely clinging to life, hoping for help that may never come. In some cases they have been left with a last pail of dirty water from which they take as few sips as possible, trying to make it last.” Islamic Relief last week established an office in the town of Baidoa, in Bay, to scale up aid provision beyond the 30-mile radius of Mogadishu where it had previously been working. It is swiftly recruiting dozens of additional local staff to enable it to provide 320,000 people across Bakool, Bay and Lower Shabelle with food, water and health care. A week ago the charity started distributing food to

We will protect our communities

The recent rioting and destruction in Tottenham London is a wake-up call to our local communities in Manchester to be vigilant. The Chair of Manchester Council for Community Relations (MCCR) Tony Durrant MBE JP said, “The diverse communities of Manchester are extremely concerned at the level of ri-

oting and destruction in Tottenham London for 2 nights running. This was a concerted drive by criminals to disrupt a peaceful demonstration by the local residents.” The Chief Executive MCCR Khan Moghal MBE said, “We condemn the mindless destruction and looting that has torn the heart

out of the local community. The communities of Manchester stand united against such divisive acts of criminals who highjack peaceful demonstrations for their nefarious aims. We are mindful of any copycat acts in our city. We have to be vigilant at all times. People have worked very hard over many years to build our peaceful

7,500 families in a refugee camp in Baidoa, a town where three or four children are dying of hunger or disease every day. Next week it will organise its first food distribution in Lower Shabelle, benefiting 4,000 more families. “We have identified that there are around 110,000 households that urgently need food aid in Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle,” says Hassan Liban. “The problem is that we desperately need more funds to help them all. At the moment we are only reaching one in seven of these families, people are desperately weak and children are dying. Our problem is not access or security, it is getting enough support to get enough aid to feed people in time.“ communities. We will protect our communities. We ask everyone to report any suspicious activity to the Police so that early preventative action can be taken.” MCCR supports all out local communities in helping the Police to ensure we have safe neighbourhoods where all residents can go about their daily activities without fear of being engulfed in disturbances.

Saudi Arabia amending anti-terrorism laws

Saudi Arabia has revised an anti-terrorism law and made it less severe than a leaked version that was heavily criticised by human rights groups, a Shura Council spokesman said. “The draft that was published is not the final one,” said Mohammed Almohanna, spokesman for the advisory parliament. “It was discussed in a Shura Council session. It was a draft and some changes were made to it to ensure that the law is compatible with Sharia (Islamic law) and does not violate citizens’ rights or the country’s existing laws,” he said. He said the Shura would amend the draft further when its summer recess ends in mid-September before sending it to the king for approval. Amnesty International, which published a draft of the Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing Terrorism on its website, said on July 22 that the authorities could use the law to stifle dissent and pro-democracy protests in the absolute monarchy. Saudi Arabia, a US ally and top world oil exporter, follows an austere version of Sunni Islam. It has no polit-

ical parties. The appointed Shura Council has only limited powers. The draft law, in the version published by Amnesty, would consider “endangering... national unity” and “harming the reputation of the state or its position” as terrorist crimes, and would allow suspects to be held incommunicado for an indefinite period, if approved by a special court. It would also stipulate a minimum 10-year jail sentence for questioning the integrity of the king or crown prince. But an amendment to the draft changes the offence to taking up arms against the king or crown prince or abandoning loyalty to them, Saudi activist Waleed Abu Alkhair said. He said the Shura Council’s changes might be overridden. “There is trepidation that the amendments will not be accepted. It is clear that there was an attempt to pass this quickly and secretly,” Abu Alkhair said. The draft law version on Amnesty’s website was marked “secret and urgent” and indicated that the council would have one month from an unspecified date to make changes to the law.


Loan initiative for small firms attracts more lenders More lenders are joining the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme - which is designed to secure funds for new firms deemed too risky for conventional loans - the Department for Business has announced. The department claims it has already begun a process of ‘accreditation’ to increase the number of finance houses affiliated with the scheme – which offers incentives for lenders to make money available to unproven and potentially turbulent small businesses. According to a spokesperson for the department, the second phase of the accreditation programme will begin in the autumn. Furthermore, in an attempt to encourage smaller and more specialist lenders to make money available under the EFG initiative, the government is also planning to underwrite a greater percentage of each loan. The government currently underwrites up to 9.75% of each loan provided under EFG; however, it is set to raise this to 15%,

Retailers set to lose millions after riots

Retailers face tens of millions of pounds in costs and losses following rioting, looting and arson across and beyond London, and the impact on smaller businesses could be terminal, retail representatives warned. "It will amount to tens of millions of pounds in terms of damage to property, goods stolen, and of course lost business," Richard Dodd, head of media at the British Retail Consortium said In a statement, the BRC, which represents about 90 percent of retailers, called for urgent action to help shopkeepers protect property, as

well as assurances that the police would use "robust" tactics to close down situations and ensure offenders were "suitably punished." London has seen the worst violence in the capital in decades in recent nights, with the unrest spreading to other cities like Birmingham and Liverpool. A stretched police force has been criticised for its apparent inability to cope and reluctance to use heavy tactics. Dodd expressed concern over the impact on retailers, who are already struggling to cope with dire economic conditions. "Many retailers were

Intellectual property law overhauled to boost growth

The government has announced plans to modernise intellectual property legislation, with the intention of aiding growth and adding billions of pounds to the economy. Following an independent review by Professor Hargreaves, the coalition has agreed to accept all ten recommendations on intellectual property, which could benefit the economy by up to £7.9bn, it is estimated.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “The government is focused on boosting growth and the Hargreaves review highlighted the potential to grow the UK economy. By creating a more open intellectual property system, it will allow innovative businesses to develop new products and services, which will be able to compete fairly in the UK’s thriving markets for consumer equipment.”

under quite a lot of pressure anyway, particularly some of the smaller independent ones who haven't got big national resources to draw on, and undoubtedly in some cases it won't be viable for them to start up again," he said. Sportswear and electrical goods stores were particularly targeted by the looters. "As has been well publicised, a number of JD stores have been affected by the disturbances in London and other parts of the UK over the past few days," said sports good retailer JD Sports, adding it was too early to assess the full extent of the damage.

A group calling to 'meditate for conscious prosperity' meditate in front of the New York Stock Exchange August 9, 2011. The Federal Reserve pledged to hold interest rates near zero for two more years and said it was mulling the tools it has to boost a slowing economy.

Business secretary Vince Cable warned that growth forecasts are likely to be slashed this week, adding to fears that the UK is tumbling towards a double dip recession, as global markets are expected to open heavily down. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Cable admitted that UK growth forecasts will "almost certainly" be downgraded this week, as the Bank of England's latest

quarterly inflation report is likely to confirm disappointing growth at home. The debt crises on either side of the Atlantic, with the latest shock coming from the U.S. credit rating downgrade, are wreaking market turmoil and stoking fears of the affluent world sliding back into recession. Prime Minister David Cameron conferred with French President Nicolas

Cable sees likely growth rate cuts

Sarkozy, who chairs the G7/G20 group of leading economies, Saturday, with world leaders battling to find a solution to the eurozone debt crisis this weekend. "They discussed the euro area and the U.S. debt downgrade. Both agreed the importance of working together, monitoring the situation closely and keeping in contact over the coming days," a spokesman for Cameron said.



Riots to cost insurers ‘tens of millions’

Royal Navy appoints first woman warship commander

The Royal Navy confirmed that it had appointed the first woman commander of a warship in its history. Sarah West, 39, from Lincolnshire, a county in the east of England, has become the first woman appointed by the Royal Navy to command a frigate, blowing another taboo surrounding the service of women in the armed forces out of the water. West will take up her post on the HMS Portland, a type 23 frigate, in April, at which time she will make a statement about her appointment, a spokesman for Britain's Ministry of Defence said.

West will be taking over the role of Commander on the warship from Mike Knott. Her previous naval experience includes serving in the Gulf on the Middle East operations team, during which time she also achieved an honours degree in law. Women have served on surface ships in the Royal Navy since 1991 and represent about 10 percent of the force. However, they remain barred from serving in the Royal Marines, the Submarine Service, the Household Cavalry and the Royal Armoured Corps.

UK Muslims welcomed King Abdullah orders of service to Pilgrims

The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) a National organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims welcome the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s ordered to all government departments and other related agencies in Saudi Arabia to provide the highest level of service to Umrah pilgrims. However, ABH also expresses its grave concern about the plight of a large number of pilgrims who are suffering from extreme hardship, difficulty, mental anguish and financial exploitations at the hands of some unscrupulous and rogue tour, travel operators and service providers. These service providers exploit the pilgrims by charging extortionate and unjustified prices for the Hajj and Umrah packages, which is a total rip-off compared to the cost of similar packages of travelling and accommodation facilities to other destinations around the world. Most pilgrims are bitterly disappointed and distressed by the substandard services

and lack of guidance they received and degrading behaviour of their tour operators. It is a disgrace that these rogue service providers are preying on vulnerable pilgrims at such an important time in their lives. The situation has worsened significantly in the last few years, therefore it’s strongly urged that in view of the orders issued by the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah all the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia to take appropriate action to help and protect Guests of Allah (SWT). ABH also strongly urges relevant countries around the world to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims and crack down on those who are responsible for this growing culture of deceptive, immoral and illegal practices in Hajj and Umrah travel and tour industry. Religious scholars and other concerned organisations are also urged to take their responsibilities seriously and make all the efforts in order to allow pilgrims to perform their religious obligations in peace and harmony.

Lagmore shooting: 14-year-old remanded in custody

A 14-year-old boy has been remanded in custody charged with attempted murder. It follows an incident on Monday when a man was shot in the ankle when four men burst into his caravan in the Lagmore area on the outskirts of west Belfast. Thomas Dundon, 49, with an address in the Hazelbank area, was also charged with the murder attempt. The police told the court

that they believe a person who fired a shot during the attack, and who was wearing a balaclava, was the 14 yearold boy. However, the defence said a description of the attacker given by the police did not match the schoolboy. Lisburn Magistrates Court was told that the teenager needed to be remanded in custody for his own safety because of a feud in the travelling community.

Three nights of rioting in London and other cities are likely to cost insurers "tens of millions of pounds," the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said on Tuesday. "It is too early for us to have an accurate picture of total costs, especially business interruption costs, but insurers are working hard to deal with claims coming in which will give a sense of the level and cost of damage," Nick Starling, ABI director of general insurance, said in a statement. London has been hit by three consecutive nights of riots, looting and arson by masked youths who wrecked shopping streets in parts of the capital. Violence spread to other British cities on Monday, and police are braced for further unrest. Analysts said a repair bill in the tens of millions of pounds would be easily absorbed by the insurance industry, which paid out 900 million pounds in December alone after freezing weather triggered a surge

in claims. The impact on insurers could be tempered by a 125year old British law which makes the police liable for property damage caused by rioting. "The theory is that the police are responsible for keeping law and order and, if they fail, they pay for the damage," said Stuart White, a partner at law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. Paying to clean up after the riots would put police finances under further pressure amid spending cuts aimed at reining in Britain's budget deficit, although some police forces insure themselves against riot damage. Police filed insurance claims after being forced to pay for repairs following riots in northern English towns Burnley, Bradford and Oldham in 2001, according to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain's White. "These days when it is so much more difficult for police to keep up with tweeting rioters, and when the police are

under financial strain themselves, there are bound to be calls to revisit this whole area of the law," he said. Under the 1886 Riots Damages Act, uninsured businesses or insurers seeking to recoup property damage claims filed by their customers must lodge a claim with the police within 14 days. Insurers still have to cover business interruption costs, which often far exceed property damage claims. Businesses and households may face some increase in premiums in the worst-affected areas, but there will be little broader price impact because of stiff competition between insurers, said Mohammad Khan, insurance partner at accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers. European insurance stocks have fallen heavily over the past three weeks amid fears critically-indebted eurozone nations could default on their debt, with the Stoxx 600 insurance index losing a fifth of its value since July 22.

Rooney appeals for end to violence England striker Wayne Rooney has appealed for an end to the violence and looting in London that has put friendly Wednesday’s against the Netherlands in doubt. After a third night of unrest in London, talks will be held Tuesday to see whether Scotland Yard can cope with policing the Wembley Stadium match while trying to maintain order elsewhere. “These riots are nuts why would people do this to there (sic) own country. Own city,” Rooney wrote on Twitter. “This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please.” Police struggled to keep pace with the chaos unfolding at flashpoints across London into early Tuesday, with rioters left virtually unchalseveral in lenged neighborhoods to set buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps alight, loot stores and pelt police officers with bottles and fireworks.

30 Cities come together for riot clean-up

A huge clean-up effort is under way across England once again after another night of riots and looting. Communities in Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham were badly hit overnight with windows smashed and cars set alight. Charles Jupiter, 21, a bartender, set up a Facebook page, 'Liverpool CleanUp', in the early hours as the violence erupted in Toxteth. The page, asking for volunteers to "bring a brush and marigold gloves", was tweeted and re-tweeted and hundreds of people turned up to start clearing up the smashed glass and debris after hours of trouble. A local Asda donated brushes, the Co-op shop gave bin bags and two local cafes provided free tea and coffee to volunteers. On Tuesday a group called @riotcleanup was set up on Twitter to mobilise people to help with the damage in London. Members of the band the Kaiser Chiefs were seen joining hundreds of volunteers across the capital. Similar Twitter accounts have now been set up to

come to the aid of towns and cities further afield. Jeremy Myers, 34, set up the @RiotCleanUpManc feed and told Sky News Online hundreds of people had turned up to do their bit. "Now the sun's come out I think we'll get 1,000 people turning up. It's the greatest thing I've ever seen. "The council came down last night with staff and equipment. I think, like me, they're a bit surprised by how many people are here today. We've got lots of equipment and people have been able to get on with cleaning up our city. The council are saying it's the tidiest it's looked in years!" The aggression and destruction of some of the rioters has shocked communities across the country, which have quickly responded by coming together to put their neighbourhoods back together. Mr Myers said: "Mancunians are very, very proud people. It's as simple as that. People in Manchester always come together in times like these. There's genuinely a whole cross section of the city People arrive to help in Manchester here - all ages and ethnicities."

Father too late to save dying son in riots

A father described how he rushed to aid a dying man hit by a car during riots in the city of Birmingham only to find it was his 21-year-old son. “I heard the thud, ran around and I saw three people on the ground,” Tariq Jahan told reporters. “My instinct was to help the three people. I didn’t know who they were, who’d been injured. I helped the first man, and somebody from behind told me my son was lying behind me. “So I started CPR on my own son. My face was cov-

ered in blood, my hands were covered in blood.” Police launched a murder inquiry after all three Muslim men died. A 32-year-old man has since been arrested. The men were part of a group of British Asians attempting to protect their area from looters after attending Ramadan prayers at a mosque, a friend of the men told BBC radio. They acted after seeing gangs break into a petrol station and social club, and neighbours being beaten up, Jahan said. Riots spread to England’s second city on Tuesday after three nights of violence in London. “Why, why?,” Jahan said. “I don’t understand. We are here defending the community of all the problems that are going on in the country. He was trying to help his community.” He said his son, Haroon, a mechanic, was well-liked and well-known in the community. “You lose your son, I can’t describe to anyone what it feels like to lose your son,” he said

Azim Mohamed, (L) the owner of a cutlery hire company, and assistant Riaz Mohamed, look at the charred remains of their business after it was set ablaze following disturbances in north London early Wednesday morning.

British riots engulf more cities, London calmer

Britain's worst riots in a generation spread to more cities Wednesday with three people killed while reportedly defending their community, though London was quiet after extra police swamped the streets. As the nation endured a fourth night of unrest, youths rampaged through the centre of Manchester burning and looting shops in what police called the most extreme violence to hit Britain's third largest city in 30 years. Looters also caused mayhem in several cities in the industrial Midlands, including Birmingham, where three Asian men died after being hit by a car. Reports said they had just left a mosque and were protecting their neighbourhood. But in London there was no repeat of the wave of violence which left parts of the capital in flames on Monday

night, as vigilante mobs took to the streets to defend their communities and 16,000 police made a show of force. Police have arrested more than 1,100 people across the country for violence, disorder and looting since the riots erupted on Saturday in the north London district of Tottenham after police shot dead a man. Rattled Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Tuesday to do "everything necessary to restore order to the streets" but shops in many parts of London had closed early and put down their shutters on the advice of the police. London Mayor Boris Johnson, a Conservative like Cameron, on Wednesday urged the government to reconsider plans to cut police numbers as part of tough austerity measures aimed at reducing Britain's budget deficit.


London burning undermines Londoners vow to defend themselves against rioters From shopkeepers and mid- enough is enough and they run over by a car while proLondon’s Metropolitan image ahead of Olympics dle-class writers to Sikh com- will stop the looters them- tecting their area in the cen- Police flooded the streets of

Riots across London this week could not have come at a worse time for a country preparing to welcome millions of visitors to the Olympics next summer and struggling to attract investment as its economy falters. Images flashed around the world of burning buildings, looters ransacking shops and police fighting with masked gangs risk damaging Britain's reputation as a place to visit and do business, analysts and business leaders said on Tuesday. Crisis management expert Alex Woolfall said it was crucial that the police and government end the rioting quickly to avoid causing lasting damage to the perception of Britain overseas. "If the story becomes 'one week of summer madness', then it will come and go and people will move on," said Woolfall, an executive at public relations company Porter Novelli. "But if this drags on, or worse, that it looks like there is a genuine inability to stop it, then that really does start to change perceptions," he

said, adding that the danger lay in worries building about security and whether the country had enough police. The British Retail Consortium, a trade body which represents 90 percent of stores, said the rioting sent an "appalling message" to people at home and abroad. "It will put people from other parts of the UK, and from abroad, off going to London in the medium term," said a spokesman. Any decline in tourists' spending would be hard on retailers at a time of low consumer confidence and public spending cuts. The economy barely grew in the second quarter following six months of stagnation. "The capital's firms (are) already bearing the heavy cost of the continuing economic turmoil," said Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a business lobby group. "At the peak of the tourist season and with only a year to go until the London 2012 Games, this really isn't the image we want to present to the world."

UK approves two new Drax biomass plants

Britain approved two new 299 megawatt (MW) biomass plants proposed by power producer Drax, but the generator said its investment decision depended on whether soon-to-be-announced state biomass subsidies are high enough. "I am very pleased to give the go-ahead for these two new biomass power stations in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. They will not only enhance our security of supply, but provide low-carbon electricity that reduces our carbon dioxide emissions," Energy Minister Charles Hendry said in a statement. "These two new biomass power stations (...) will not only enhance our security of

supply, but provide low-carbon electricity that reduces our carbon dioxide emissions." One of the plants will be built on Drax's Selby site in Yorkshire where the power producer owns a 4,000-MW coal plant, Europe's fourth largest carbon emitter in 2010. The second plant will be located at South Killingholme near Immingham. But Drax said its final decision to build the new biomass plants, which will produce electricity for over 500,000 homes, will hinge on the government's new support level for biomass, on which the government will shortly open a consultation.

munities and right-wing football “fans,” Londoners are ready to take action to protect their homes and businesses from rioting. After four nights of violence, many are saying

Manchester clears glassstrewn streets Volunteers armed with brooms swept the streets of central Manchester clear of broken glass and debris Wednesday after gangs of hooded youths rampaged through the city overnight, smashing windows, torching shops, and ransacking businesses. “We were told by the council to pick up anything that could be used as ammunition again tonight, such as bricks,” said student Nadia Ghani, 24, one of hundreds of volunteers who joined the clean-up operation in Britain’s third largest city. Shops on the main commercial streets were boarded up and closed for business. Jewellery chains Swarovski and Links of London were shut. The looting echoed the violence that had tore through London on the previous three nights. Staff in Links said they were too shaken to speak but could be seen through the broken glass sweeping shattered display cabinets and searching for any remaining stock. Phone stores T-Mobile and 3 were smashed up and emptied by rioters during the violence. Staff in T-Mobile surveyed the destruction as torrential rain soaked the shop’s entrance. The door had been kicked in by looters. “There is no doubt that these were gangs that were determined to cause trouble with no regard to people or property,” said Chief Constable Peter Fahy.

selves if the authorities cannot. Police have warned that vigilantes are putting their own safety at risk and could make matters worse. The risks were highlighted by the death of three Muslim men

tral English city of Birmingham on Tuesday. Critics say taking the law into your own hands can be an excuse for more thuggish behaviour which could inflame racial and social tensions.

the capital with 16,000 officers on Tuesday night in an effort to quell the violence. In addition to the officers there were locally formed groups determined to stop any looting.

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rime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday "a fightback is under way" to restore law and order to the streets despite rioting, looting and arson by gangs of youths spreading from London to other cities. About 16,000 policemen patrolled London's streets on Tuesday night. Shops, pubs and businesses in many areas closed early after boarding up windows and the capital had the air of a city under siege. "We needed a fightback and a fightback is under way," Cameron said after a meeting on Wednesday of the government's COBRA committee that deals with national security crises.

"Whatever resources police need they will get." This included baton rounds and water cannon, Cameron said. The prime minister branded the unrest, which erupted in poor, inner-city areas of London at the weekend, as nothing more than criminality. He made no reference to social and economic conditions which community leaders say sparked the problems. The initial trouble followed the death of an Afro-Caribbean man in north London from a gunshot wound after an incident involving armed police. "There are pockets of our society that are not just broken but frankly sick," said Cameron, who made fixing "broken Britain" a cornerstone of his premiership. The spread of the unrest to other cities including Birmingham, Britain's second biggest, means the crisis is anything but over. Gangs of youths in hooded tops battled police in Manchester, smashing windows and looting shops, and setting fire to a clothes shop. In nearby Salford, rioters threw bricks at police and set fire to shops and cars. "These people have nothing to protest against," Greater Manchester's Assistant Chief Constable Gary Shewan said. "It is, pure and simple, acts of criminal behaviour."

UK riots kill 3 Pakistanis

Tarmiq Jahan embraces a man after a news conference following the death of his son Haroon Jahan. hree people of Pakistani origin died after being hit by a car during riots in the central English city of Birmingham, officials said, amid reports that they died while trying to protect their community from looters. Police said they had arrested a man and launched a murder inquiry after the incident as Britain's second Shazad Ali Abdul Musavir biggest city suffered from an- Haroon Jahan other night of riots. According to reports, the pital where the victims were Paramedics said they men, who died had just come taken and that riot police found around 80 people at out of a mosque and were were also stationed there. the scene after the men were protecting their neighbourThe three Pakistanis have hit by the car. Two of the men hood during the riots. been identified as Haroon Around 200 people from Hussain, Shehzad Hussain were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third died Birmingham's Asian commu- and Mussavir Ali. Two of the nity gathered outside the hos- men were from Gujjar Khan, later in hospital.


near Jhelum. Witnesses and family members said the victims were Asian men and were part of a group protecting the area from looting after local people had left a local mosque. “People came out of prayers and they were protecting the area. My friends were targeted, they were standing on the side of the road and the car just came and ran them over,” witness Kabir Khan Isakhel said. Another witness said the incident happened after a car was set ablaze in a nearby street and youths gathered, prompting local people to defend a local shopping area. “They lost their lives for other people, doing the job of the police,” Mohammed Shakiel said outside the hospital where the men were taken, prompting around 200 people to gather in support. “They were protecting the community as a whole.” Several cars drove past the group as it was guarding the stores and the occupants shouted abuse before one vehicle returned and mounted the pavement at “tremendous speed” and hit the men, throwing them into the air, Shakiel said. Tariq Jahan, the father of Haroon Jahan, one of the men who died, told the BBC: “I’ve got no words to describe what, why he was taken and why this has happened.” “He was a very good lad, starting at the beginning of his life. He had his whole life ahead of him. It makes no sense why people are behaving like this and taking the lives of three innocent people.”

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