Cities may market themselves on being “24 hour” hubs, providing activities for their citizens around the clock – but is this what we want? What are the benefits and problems of a 24-hour city? How does the night-time economy impact the city and the wellbeing of its residents? Next year, for example, London will see the introduction of the “night tube” lines: how will this change the city? On Friday 24 October, we held a live discussion exploring the experience and impact of 24-hour cities. We assembled a panel of experts to answer your questions, including: Oliver Smith, lecturer at Plymouth University and author of Contemporary Adulthood and the Night-Time Economy Keith Foley, head of Night Tube Programme at London Underground William Straw, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and founder of The Urban Night project Andreina Seijas, Consultant for the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) at the Inter-American … [Read more...] about Q&A: Are 24-hour cities good for you?
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At the end of the second world war, as Europe was preparing to celebrate its victory over fascism, the Soviet authorities arrested an entire school of teenage girls from western Ukraine, named them enemies of the people, took them to an Arctic concentration camp and forced them to expend their youth in slave labour. Half a century later Galina Skopyuk is still there. She is a prisoner of circumstances now rather than a prisoner of Stalin, but beginning her 49th winter in a land where the winters are nine months long is hard. “I’m always hoping to leave. I don’t want to die here. But I don’t have any chance,” she said. Mrs Skopyuk is one of the few living links between the present-day city of Norilsk and the dark years of its creation, starting in 1935, when Stalin willed thousands of political prisoners hither to claw a city out of the tundra in a metal-rich volcanic crater. When a researcher from Norilsk Museum was given access to the records of … [Read more...] about Stalin’s legacy lives on in city that slaves built – archive, 1994
A travel company is offering loaded jet-setters a luxury 20-city world tour in a private airliner for a wallet-busting £11million. Believed to be the planet's most expensive holiday, it includes being whisked a total of more than 30,000 miles around the globe on a private Boeing 767. The 20-day trip takes in the sun-kissed Thai island of Koh Samui, Manila, Nepal's Kathmandu, the French Alps, Florence in Italy and swanky Cannes on the French Riviera. There are also scheduled visits to Cambodia, Agra in India, London, Barcelona and Marbella before crossing the Atlantic to visit Cuba, Hawaii and El Nido in the Philippines. It even includes a night of cocktails and gambling in Las Vegas and travellers received a set of 50 18-karat gold cocktail swizzle sticks - created by the World of Diamonds Group - featuring white and blue diamonds worth £800,000. The main guest travels in the 767 jetliner complete with flat beds, while up to 50 family and friends can fly in tandem in another … [Read more...] about World’s most expensive holiday? Wealthy travellers offered 20-city world tour in private airliner for £11 MILLION
The communists of Penza organised a small rally to celebrate the opening of a new culture centre dedicated to Joseph Stalin last week. About 30 people took part, laying carnations at a gold-painted bust of the former dictator at the entrance to the centre. They drank Georgian wine and listened to a speech by local Communist party leader, Georgy Kamnev, about the aims of the new facility: not to operate as a museum but rather to provide a space for studying the Stalinist experience and adapting it to modern realities. Penza’s communists declared 2016 to be the Year of Stalin throughout the region, and promised to hold Stalinist events every month – literary evenings, round table discussions and tours of the Stalinist architecture of Penza. Visits for schoolchildren have been announced, as have Stalinist scholarships for students who will write about Stalin for communist journals. It was Kamnev’s idea to open the centre. He is about 30, a deputy in the regional … [Read more...] about Russian city opens cultural centre celebrating Stalin
Ms Majors, a Barnard College freshman, was the victim of what appears to be a robbery gone wrong when she was allegedly set upon by the youths at the base of stairs in Morningside Park near West 116th Street and Morningside Drive around 5.30pm on Wednesday. Investigators found a trail of blood, indicating that Ms Majors had tried to make her way back up the park stairs towards Morningside Drive, police sources said. Preliminary information suggested that Ms Majors was stabbed several times in the face, neck and under her arm. The New York Post reports Ms Majors was in the park to buy marijuana when she was attacked. Tessa Majors was stabbed to death in a New York City park on Wednesday.Source:Supplied The teen was arrested after being spotted trespassing in a building a day after the attack wearing clothes that matched the description of one of the alleged offenders, CBS News reports. In a children’s court, gruesome new details of the attack were detailed. Detective Vincent … [Read more...] about Tessa Majors murder: Boy, 13, arrested over New York City stabbing death of college student