Race To London: Federer In The Mix But With Work To Do
Although the UK is the second biggest external renminbi trading centre after Singapore, many City analysts believe Britain should also capitalise on its role as a middleman between China and its global investments. Business leaders are incredibly keen for us to do this kind of thing, to lead these sorts of trips, says Johnson. That level of political door opening and engagement it is very important for the City at a political level to show its engagement and its commitment to our Chinese partners. And I think youll find business leaders themselves will confirm that. The mayor says London will be able to capitalise on major Chinese-funded projects such as the 1bn rebuilding of the Royal Albert Docks and the 500m plan to restore the Crystal Palace. There is a lot to do, says Johnson. But were determined to show that London has a huge amount to offer, both in financial terms and in the cultural benefits, from the number of Michelin-starred restaurants to the nightlife. Londons delegation will be making the case for that overtaking Singapore, which I believe is perfectly possible. Nonetheless, in a country that still takes a rigid approach to protocol, both the mayors and the Chancellors staff have been keen to ensure that no details of the impending announcements leak out. What is certain is that we will hear more on the funding of Britains next nuclear power station and if technology giants, such as Huawei, will continue to increase investment in the UK, despite growing hostility to the brand in America. The backdrop is David Camerons meeting in London last year with the Dalai Lama, which badly damaged political relations. All ministerial contact was suspended by China after Cameron and Nick Clegg met the Tibetan leader in defiance of a specific request from Beijing not to do so. Johnson claims it did not have a negative impact on the City. This weeks two trips seem to show no permanent harm has been done. Of more pressing concern for many of the delegates will be Chinas record on intellectual property some British manufacturers report that more than 90pc of sales are taken by Chinese fakes, while companies have been locked in repeated legal battles over breaches of copyright. Improvements in approving patents have helped, but, privately, its the one issue many leaders hope the delegations will address. But dont expect Johnson or Osborne to rock the boat publicly.
‘Irreplaceable’ £500,000 bronze Barbara Hepworth sculpture stolen by metal thieves in London park
The ‘irreplaceable’ piece by Dame Barbara Hepworth had stood in the same place for more than 40 years. But yesterday council staff arrived at work to be confronted by just two stumps on an empty plinth. Missing: The bronze work of art, entitled Two Forms (Divided Circle), was stolen overnight on Monday from Dulwich Park in South London Stolen: A sculpture by artist Barbara Hepworth has been ripped from its plinth in a public park. This is the latest in a spate of metal thefts Thieves used cutting equipment to hack down the 7ft sculpture, Two Forms (Divided Circle), before loading it into a van. Authorities believe the work one of only six casts made by the celebrated artist was targeted in Dulwich Park, South London, for its scrap value. Southwark Council had insured it for 500,000 but its true worth is considered to be much higher. If it is melted down for scrap, it may only fetch 750. Arsonists who torch premises during riots could be SHOT by police, tactical review recommends Rising prices for copper, lead and bronze have led to a dramatic increase in metal thefts with thieves targeting war memorials, railway lines, street signs and manhole covers. Police estimate the crimewave is costing the economy more than 700million a year. The Barbara Hepworth sculpture had stood in the middle of the park since 1970. Police are now checking CCTV footage from the park’s cafe, which is located a short distance away, to see if the thieves were caught on camera. Peter John, the leader of Southwark Council, said that the sculpture was ‘irreplaceable’.
London will offer China more than Singapore can, says Boris Johnson
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Race to London: Federer in the mix but with work to do Douglas Robson, USA TODAY Sports 1:48 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013 The standings in the ATP Race to London. (Photo: ATP World Tour) The race to London is tightening Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer have qualified Roger Federer, who hasn’t missed since 2002, is in contention SHARE 2 CONNECT 6 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE The sprint to secure one of the final spots for the ATP Tour’s year-end championships has tightened and is now a dogfight with three weeks to go and plenty of points up for grabs. Five players Stanislas Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic remain strongly in the mix for three slots. The elite eight-player field at London’s indoor O2 Arena runs Nov. 4-11. SHANGHAI: Djokovic, Nadal into semifinals No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No.