Migrant rescue vessel declines Spain's offer to dock in Algeciras

Open Arms says conditions for 107 migrants on board too dire to make 6-day journey to the Spanish port.

    A Spanish charity operating a migrant rescue boat stranded off the coast of Italy has rejected Spain’s offer to dock in Algeciras, citing a “humanitarian emergency” faced by more than 100 people on board.

    Open Arms’ spokeswoman Laura Lanuza on Sunday said that delaying disembarkation by another six days, the time it would take to reach the port in southern Spain, may put the safety of the migrants and the crew at risk.

    The migrants, most of whom are African, were picked up by the Open Arms vessel off the coast of Libya in the past two weeks and have been waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

    “We are in a state of extreme humanitarian emergency. What they need is to be disembarked now,” Lanuza said. “It is unthinkable to navigate for six days; that is what it would take for us to arrive at Algeciras.”

    The rescue group’s decision continues the standoff with Italy’s far-right Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini, who had ordered his officials to not let the vessel enter Italian waters. 

    On Saturday though, Salvini made a partial concession by allowing 27 minors to leave the boat, saying he agreed at the insistence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

    Earlier on Sunday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a statement that the port of Algeciras was “ready to receive the Open Arms boat”.

    “Spain always acts on humanitarian emergencies. It is necessary to establish an orderly and supportive European solution, leading the migration challenge with the EU’s values of progress and humanism,” he posted on Twitter.

    ‘Desperation has its limits’

    Meanwhile, at least four migrants on board the Open Arms boat, anchored about 275 metres off Lampedusa for 17 days, jumped into the sea on Sunday in a desperate attempt to swim to the shore.

    Several crew members from the boat jumped into the water to stop the migrants, who were wearing life vests, and brought them back on board.

    Open Arms founder Oscar Camps tweeted a video of the migrants’ attempt to swim to the shore, saying: “We have been warning for days desperation has its limits.”

    In the last two weeks, at least 40 ailing or minor migrants were taken ashore by Open Arms, leaving 107 more on board, according to the organisation.

    Migrants at centre of political rift

    In a Facebook post, far-right leader Salvini hailed Spain’s offer to migrants as a victory. “Those who stick it out are the ones who win,” he said, adding that any other minister would probably “have given in”.

    He later tweeted that Open Arms’ refusal of Spain’s offer was “incredible and unacceptable”.

    Salvini also renewed his attack on the charity, accusing it of lying about the conditions on board and calling their decision to remain in Italian waters “a political statement”.

    Salvini rose to popularity on a hardline anti-migrant stance and has repeatedly faced off with ships carrying rescued migrants.

    But the Open Arms standoff has laid bare the split between Salvini’s anti-migrant League and the 5-Star Movement, which govern Italy together. 

    Salvini, who is also the deputy prime minister, is seeking to end Conte’s populist coalition with a no-confidence vote and early election that he hopes would make him the prime minister. 

    In an open letter last week, Conte accused Salvini of disloyalty and using immigration for political gain. 

    France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg said earlier this week they would help relocate the migrants. The offer would take place once the ship docked in Algeciras, the Spanish government said in a statement.

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    Brit tourist, 30, fighting for life after horror fall while romping on balcony in front of horrified onlookers in South of France

    A BRIT tourist is fighting for his life after falling 12 feet from a balcony during a "passionate sex session" in the South of France.

    Horrified onlookers watched as the 30-year-old man plunged to the ground during the romp in the Riviera seaside resort of Le Cannet, north of Cannes.

    His partner, a 28-year-old Canadian, suffered minor injuries.

    It is thought that the woman may have been cushioned by her lover following the fall in Le Cannet, which is extremely popular with British tourists during the summer months.

    The British man was rushed to an intensive care unit at the Pasteur Hospital in Nice.

    His partner was "hurt but stable".

    An investigating source said: "It happened at around 12.30am on Saturday when the couple were seen making love on the balcony of their holiday rental flat.

    "They were becoming very passionate indeed, and suddenly toppled from the first floor of the villa into the street below.

    "Neighbours called the emergency services immediately."

    Police opened an immediate investigation to try and work out whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the accident.

    There was no indication that anybody else might have been involved, said the source.

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    Hurricane track: Why do 85 percent of US hurricanes happen after August 15?

    Hurricane trackers in the US see a barrage of storms develop in the Pacific and Atlantic ocean during the summer. This period, known as hurricane season, starts on June 1 and lasts until November 30. The Pacific side of the US has already seen eight total storms, four of which were hurricanes. The east coast, however, has seen two total storms, just one of which made it to hurricane strength.

    The stalled development in the Atlantic ocean is due to a cloud of dust particles suspended in the upper atmosphere along the east coast.

    These dust particles travel over from the African northwest during the summer, and prevent storms from building by sapping moisture from the atmosphere.

    Experts believe the dust particles can even “rip” developing systems apart.

    When these particles dissipate, storms are free to form once again.

    The dust particles are not the only factor in stalling storm development, however, as systems require a specific sea temperature.

    The NOAA notes hurricanes require at least 26.5C (79F) in the ocean at a depth of 50 metres to form.

    For this to happen, the sea needs time following the “official” July 1 hurricane season to warm up.

    The NOAA explains: “Oceans (water) have great heat capacity than landmasses because of something called specific heat.”

    “Specific heat is defined as the amount of heat for some given unit mass that is required to increase temperature by 1 degree C.

    “Because of its higher specific heat, it takes water longer to heat up or cool down than dry soil (land).”

    By August 15 the ocean is close to the right temperature to sustain a hurricane.

    Experts have noted more than 85 percent of storms in the Atlantic hurricane season take place after this date.

    Meteorologist and University of Georgia Professor Marshall Shepherd explained August is “like the coaster car just starting to creep up that first hill before the plunge”.

    He said the first storms of the “peak” season begin from the Caribbean islands before they move into the US.

    Other experts have concurred with professor Marshall, predicting a “back-loaded” hurricane season in the Atlantic.

    The US National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another 10 to 17 ‘named storms’ – which pack winds of 79mph and above – could form within the next six weeks.

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    Vegetarian GCSE student, 16, disqualified because she criticised halal meat in Religious Studies exam – The Sun

    A VEGETARIAN GCSE student was disqualified over criticising halal meat in a Religious Studies exam.

    Abigail Ward, 16, was told she had made "obscene racial comments" after the practicing vegetarian said she found the idea of halal meat "absolutely disgusting".

    The 16-year-old pupil at Gildredge House school in Eastbourne, East Sussex, made the observations during an exam in June.

    She was informed by exam board OCR that she would be disqualified "due to obscene racial comments being made throughout an exam paper" and, as such, had committed a "malpractice offence", the Telegraph reported.

    However, the disqualification was overturned when the board was informed the student's distaste for halal butchers came from the fact she is a strict vegetarian.

    Gildredge School appealed the decision on the grounds that their student had not made an Islamophobic or racist comment about Muslims, but was merely expressing her distaste for halal butchers.

    The exam board upheld the appeal and apologised for the “upset and stress” they caused and accepted their original interpretation had been "inaccurate".

    Abigail's mother Layla Ward, a 36-year-old nurse, said the misunderstanding was probably down to an “over-zealous, over-righteous” examiner.

    She told the paper: “Abbey is an animal lover and a very strict vegetarian.

    "It made me angry … when asked a question in the exam, you can't even express your feelings.

    "It's great that it has been overturned, but it should never have happened.

    “Philosophy is all about debating and getting your opinion out. I can’t believe how pathetic it is."

    OCR said in a statement: "OCR takes all incidence of suspected offensive material against a religious group in exams very seriously and must apply rules which are set out for all exam boards in such cases.

    "We accept that initially we did not reach the right conclusion and were too harsh."

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    Lightning too close for comfort during school counselor's campus walk in shocking video

    Man almost struck by lightning during storm in South Carolina

    Raw video: Surveillance footage shows school counselor Romulus McNeil almost being hit by lightning outside the Academy for Technology and Academics in Conway, South Carolina.

    A South Carolina school counselor was caught on surveillance video narrowly escaping danger after nearly being struck by lightning on campus last week.

    Romulus McNeill, a counselor at the Academy for Technology and Academics in Conway, was walking across campus to get to his car while carrying an umbrella on Thursday when he was nearly hit during a storm.

    Before he walked out, while others were debating whether to wait for the storm to pass, McNeil "took a chance" and said "I hope I don't get struck by lightning," he told WMBF. It nearly happened.

    Released security footage shows McNeil walking across a sidewalk when lightning strikes right beside him. Alarmed, McNeil seemingly jumps up and drops his umbrella, before picking it up and quickly walking off.

    “I felt a shock,” McNeill said. “It was just kind of insane for it to happen like that. I was just trying to get home and get something to eat.”

    He wrote on Facebook Friday that the footage shows his "crazy experience with lightning," and added he's super "thankful to have been able to motor scoot out of there without major [injuries.]"

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    Iranians change name of seized Grace 1 oil tanker in DEFIANCE of US warrant

    Crewmen were seen painting over the ship’s former name as Washington launched a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from leaving Gibraltar. The new name – Adrian Darya – means “sea”. Iran has not said when the tanker will leave but it could set sail as early today as chances of a fresh seizure appear to fade.

    Grace 1 will depart for the Mediterranean after being reflagged under Iran’s flag and renamed as Adrian Darya

    Jalil Eslami

    Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, announced the Grace 1, which has been held by Gibraltar since July 4 is being renamed Adrian Darya and will now fly under an Iranian flag.

    Mr Eslami said: “At the owner’s request, the Grace 1 will depart for the Mediterranean after being reflagged under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s flag and renamed as Adrian Darya for the voyage.

    “The 25-member crew will start their journey after preparations, including refuelling.

    “The ship was of Russian origin and Panama-flagged and is carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil.”

    The tanker was seized by the Royal Marines at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by transporting oil to Syria.

    But Gibraltar lifted the detention order last Thursday after the British territory’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said he had received secured written assurances from Tehran that the cargo would not go to Syria.

    But with the vessel and its cargo free to leave, the US officials launched a separate legal appeal to impound the ship on the grounds that it had links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which it designates as a terrorist organisation.

    A federal court in Washington issued a warrant to seize the tanker, the oil it carries and nearly $1 million.

    US attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, said: “A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments.

    “The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1.”

    The move comes after a spokesman for US President Donald Trump lamented what he described as Britain’s “crushing failure” to deal with the situation adequately.

    Britain said Iran must abide by assurances it had given that the Grace 1 tanker would not travel to Syria, and said it would not allow Iran or anyone to bypass EU sanctions.

    A British foreign office spokesman said in a statement: “We note the Government of Gibraltar has received assurances from Iran that the Grace 1 will not proceed to Syria.

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    “Iran must abide by the assurances they have provided.

    “We will not stand by and allow Iran – or anyone – to bypass vital EU sanctions on a regime that has deployed chemical weapons against its own people.

    “There is no comparison or linkage between Iran’s unacceptable and illegal seizure of, and attacks on, commercial shipping vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and the enforcement of EU Syria sanctions by the Government of Gibraltar.”

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    Ukip leader Dick Braine has put unfortunate names in the news — but he’s not alone – The Sun

    BEING told you have an upset stomach is no laughing matter – until you realise the medic seeing you is called Dr Whet Faartz.

    Unfortunate names were back in the news  this week when new Ukip leader  Richard Braine, right, was mocked  over his moniker.

    Former Tory Chancellor George Osborne was quick to point out that: “The new leader of Ukip is called Mr Dick Braine — really.”

    It provoked a furious response from the software developer and  pro-Brexit campaigner, who  admitted he was “getting a bit fed up” with the ongoing  ridicule.

    But he is not the only serious professional with a name that is hard to take seriously.  Naomi Chadderton finds  some of the best.

    DR BJ HARDICK: This chiropractic doctor  from Ontario, Canada, might  be better off going by his full name, Benjamin.

    DR WHET FAARTZ: At least you’d get a laugh out of making an  appointment with this medic from Pittsburgh, US.

    TINY KOX: Dutch senator and member of the Socialist Party  will be advised to whisper his name when he pays a visit to Britain.

    HARRY BAALS: This legal representative from London has his own company, called Baals & Co.

    JUDY GRAHAM  SWALLOWS: Gulp.  Register of Deeds worker  at Cumberland County in Tennessee, US, has a corker.

    PAUL TWOCOCK: You’ll do a double-take on name of interim boss  at an LGBT equality charity.

    RICHARD SMALLEY: When you shorten Richard, any name can be funny. But the MD of community banking at  Barclays definitely drew the short straw.

    JACK GOFF: It sounds like this British professional racing driver has a need for speed.

    CHRIS P BACON: Funny that this US  production manager’s name is just how we like our breakfast cooked  –  no porkies.

    BEN DOVER: Let’s  hope the US mentor has a sense of humour.

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    Rural idyll lost post office, butchers, hairdresser and GP

    Rural idyll that has lost post office, butchers, hairdresser and GP surgery starkly illustrates how our towns and villages are being robbed of their heart – blow by blow

    • Horsted Keynes is in West Sussex, just under 33 miles from Trafalgar Square 
    • As residents no longer both live and work there the community spirit is fractured
    • Other places should take note if they do not all want to turn into ghost towns

    Had I been on this bench outside the Crown, enjoying the August sun and a golden-brown pint of Harvey’s 20 years ago, then I would have been sitting in a very different place indeed.

    There, across the village green, I can see a queue outside the butcher. In the window above it, women are having their hair dressed, while through the frontage of the wine shop I see a couple of chaps tasting some claret.

    A teenage boy runs down the road towards the post office, clutching a parcel. He hurtles past a garage, where I see a mechanic giving a car owner what is clearly some bad news about his creaky old Renault.

    The rural idyll of Horsted Keynes, West Sussex, has lost its post office, butchers, hairdresser and GP surgery blow by blow. The post office was pictured thriving here in 1970

    Out of sight, up the street to my right, I know there to be another shop, and it is from that direction that I am startled to see a red-and-white milk float emerge, carrying elderly women to a coffee morning. This, I will learn, is the quirky local taxi service.

    And, just to complete the vision of the perfect British village, I see the vicar and the local bobby having a jocular conversation.

    What I am seeing of course, is ghosts. For today, like so many other villages and towns, Horsted Keynes no longer has almost any of those things. The butcher, the garage, the hairdresser, the wine shop, the post office, the priest, the policeman, the doctor, the taxi – all have gone.

    All that remains is a single shop that sells the basics.

    If anybody wants anything more interesting on their plate, then they will need to go to a supermarket several miles away, and for that they will need a car, as the bus is slow and infrequent, and doesn’t run on Sundays. 

    Apart from the shop, all that the village can boast today is a couple of pubs, and the Horsted Club – the equivalent of a working man’s club. Horsted Keynes – the second word is pronounced ‘canes’ – may have a primary school, but with just 98 pupils it is only two-thirds full.

    The fracturing of the village’s community spirit has been a result of many factors. Its amenities including the old post office look very different today

    And yes, there may be a train station, but then it is not a real train station, as it is part of the 11-mile Bluebell Line, up and down which steam engines chuff and whistle during the summer months for loco buffs and those on nostalgia trips.

    You would be forgiven for thinking that Horsted Keynes is marooned in some isolated and impoverished part of the country, but you would be wrong. In fact, as the crow flies, it is just under 33 miles from Trafalgar Square. 

    It lies at the very east of West Sussex, one of the richest counties in Britain and which has an economy the same size as the whole of Estonia. Houses in Horsted Keynes are not cheap – a five-bedroom semi-with a 275 square yard garden is selling for a hefty £865,000.

    So if Horsted Keynes is so rich, why is it so lacking in amenities? What has happened to it, and countless other villages, towns and communities throughout the UK?

    In many ways, Horsted Keynes is a good example of how amenities disappear.

    One of the best witnesses to this decline is one of the village’s oldest inhabitants, 85-year-old Rory Clarke.

    A landowner with some 900 acres devoted to sheep and arable farming, Mr Clarke’s father inherited the estate in 1913, and Rory has lived in Horsted Keynes since he was born. When he was growing up, there were even more shops than there were 20 years ago.

    ‘There was Mr Fry who sold us butterfly nets,’ he recalls over coffee in the kitchen of his beautiful and rambling farmhouse, ‘and there was a bakery as well as the two shops and the butcher. There was also a shoe repairer, a dressmaker, a blacksmith, and then there was Clocky Wood – who, of course, fixed clocks.’

    Back then, the Clarke’s estate owned several houses in the village, where most of their 30 employees lived. ‘It was an agricultural village,’ says Mr Clarke, stressing the word ‘agricultural’.

    It’s clear why he does so, because the demographic of Horsted Keynes has completely changed.

    Mainly thanks to mechanisation, estates of such sizes barely require more than one or two full-time employees. 

    Houses previously lived in by farm workers and those with associated trades are now inhabited by retirees or those who commute to London. Very few of those who live in Horsted Keynes therefore both live and work in the village, which can lead to a fracturing in community spirit.

    Someone who recognises that disintegration is Billy Dye, 59, a builder and roofer, who has lived in Horsted Keynes for 30 years.

    ‘The village has lost its generational cohesion,’ Mr Dye tells me over a pint of Guinness in the Crown. ‘There used to be a tapestry of people who lived here. Young people can’t afford or don’t want to live here.’

    There is an element of dormitory town here.

    Mr Clarke’s son, Rufus, 48, feels that the way the relative newcomers live their lives has a direct impact on the demand for amenities.

    ‘Many parents don’t seem to find the time to spend with their children in the evenings,’ he says. ‘They just go home and shut up shop. So there’s less of an incentive to use the amenities during the weekdays.’

    Rufus also believes supermarkets and the internet have fundamentally altered the way people shop, and therefore damaged local trade.

    ‘Ten years ago, I was selling 130 lambs for people’s deep freezers,’ he says. ‘Now, I’m just about selling 20. People are driving to the supermarket every day.’

    Then of course, there is the stream of delivery vans from firms such as Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco that can regularly be seen cruising around the village, the enemies of any local shop hoping to do better than break even.

    David Colville, 72, chairman of the parish council, has lived in the village for 12 years with his wife Wendy. Now retired from computer security, Mr Colville sups on a pint of Harvey’s and says: ‘The modern world is changing. There is very little local employment. The hourly bus service doesn’t really suit people who might need it to go to work, and it finishes at 7.30 at night. If you don’t own a car, it’s very difficult to live here.’

    Mr Colville and his wife chose Horsted Keynes because it was the ‘quintessential English village’.

    ‘The local vicar even dropped around a welcome pack, which included information such as when bins were collected,’ he says.

    The village hasn’t had a vicar for five years, and the welcome packs are long since gone, as is the garage which was directly opposite the Colvilles’ bungalow.

    ‘When I arrived, I thought, “Yippee, I can just drive across the road”,’ he says, ‘But the garage closed. Now I’ve got to get it to a garage in Haywards Heath six miles away.’

    One of the reasons the garage closed was the value of the site for residential development. Three houses now stand in its place.

    The butcher’s and hairdresser’s is now a house, as is one of the stores. The post office, which closed several years ago, is now part of a house. And so on – shops have been turned into living-rooms.

    The closure of the post office particularly sticks in Mr Colville’s craw. ‘The Government seems determined to do away with post offices,’ he bristles.

    This is an interesting point, because it suggests that the diminution in amenities is not only down to mechanisation, market forces, supermarkets, demography, and the internet, but also the powers-that-be.

    In May this year, MPs were warned that 2,500 post office branches could close down if the Government continued with its plan to end its subsidy of the network in 2021. The effect on many communities would be disastrous, as the post office provides so many services, including banking, bill payments, and of course, deliveries.

    As it happens, Horsted Keynes is lucky, as a mobile post office arrives in the village hall twice a week, which is a lifeline for many, but it is clearly less convenient.

    However, for the affluent members of the village, a post office is less of a necessity, as many big local supermarkets have sub-post offices. And of course, it is that influx of affluence that has driven up house prices.

    ‘The idea of affordable housing is a joke,’ says Mr Colville. ‘Nothing is affordable in this village.’

    And as well as driving up prices, the people who do buy houses here would rather privately educate their children at one of the many nearby prep schools than use the village school – hence it is running well below capacity.

    It would be easy to be completely gloomy about Horsted Keynes, but there is a huge sense of community spirit.

    Everybody tells me that goodwill has replaced the loss of amenity, with ride-share schemes operating, and many people volunteering. A look through the parish magazine reveals a huge number of clubs and societies, and there are many events such as monthly lunch that costs just £4 per head, and an annual ‘horse race’ with hobby horses around the village green.

    ‘I think this village is very special,’ says Mr Colville. ‘I don’t think that community spirit is that great elsewhere, but here it is.’

    Even with the lack of amenities, it would be unfair to write off Horsted Keynes as a village that has somehow died. Yes, it is nothing like as buzzing and bustling as it would have been even as recently as the 1990s, but there are enough people determined to keep things lively.

    However, that does rely on that magic word, ‘goodwill’. Without it, of course, there is a chance the village would turn into a collection of houses, rather than a community, as dead as those in the graveyard at St Giles’ church.

    Buried there, as it happens, is Harold Macmillan, whose house was just outside the village. He, of course, is remembered for his phrase ‘You’ve never had it so good’. That may not apply to Horsted Keynes today, but things could be a lot worse.

    Other places should take note – if they don’t all want to turn into ghost towns.

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    Billionaire Christian Candy has bought up whole Surrey neighbourhood

    Look who else has done an Ed Sheeran: Just like the pop star, billionaire Christian Candy has bought up the whole neighbourhood after shelling out £50million on Surrey manor house and four surrounding properties

    • Billionaire Christian Candy and his wife Emily Crompton live with their children in a £30 million Surrey house
    • Over the past four years, they have spent a further £20 million buying up four neighbouring properties 
    • The property magnate paid £9 million for the mansion next door – only to flatten it and turn land into driveway
    • Mr Candy also demolished two mock-Tudor mansions and replaced them with palatial red-brick super-homes

    We marvelled at the sprawling estate made up of five properties that pop star Ed Sheeran has put together at a cost of £3.7 million.

    But even ‘Sheeranville’ – featured in last week’s Mail on Sunday – pales in comparison with the jaw-dropping opulence of property magnate Christian Candy’s home.

    He and his wife – former It Girl Emily Crompton – live with their four children in a £30 million Surrey manor house. 

    Christian and Emily haven’t quite managed to buy up the entire neighbourhood, with their estate surrounding a waterworks site and a £2 million cottage owned by a couple who are staying put amid the huge expansion

    Over the past four years, they have spent a further £20 million buying up four neighbouring properties.

    In February, Mr Candy, 45, paid £9 million for the mansion next door – only to flatten it and turn the land into a sweeping, tree-lined driveway, which is being built.

    Christian Candy and his wife Emily Compton outside Simon Cowell’s 50th birthday party in Holland Park in 2009. Over the past four years, they have spent a further £20 million buying up four neighbouring properties

    Planning documents reveal he also demolished two mock-Tudor mansions and replaced them with palatial red-brick super-homes – complete with swimming pool, underground gym and car park – that a source said serve as guest houses for visiting friends and family.

    Then there is a swanky £1 million pad for servants and staff, a flood-lit tennis court, a two-storey treehouse for the children to play in, and artwork dotted about the sprawling grounds.

    But Christian and Emily haven’t quite managed to buy up the entire neighbourhood, with their estate surrounding a waterworks site and a £2 million cottage owned by a couple who are staying put amid the huge expansion. 

    Mr Candy bought the Surrey manor house in 2015, but the £30 million price tag made only a small dent in the estimated £600 million fortune he amassed during London’s property boom with brother Nick, who is married to Australian pop singer and former Neighbours star Holly Valance.

    The brothers, from a middle-class family in Epsom, Surrey, launched their business in 1995 with the renovation of a one-bedroom flat in Earl’s Court, London, which they bought with the help of a loan from their grandmother.

    After 18 months, they turned a £50,000 profit and their empire blossomed as London’s property prices rocketed, fuelled by a flood of investments from Russian oligarchs and oil-rich sheiks. 

    Now, Christian Candy appears to have settled into the quiet life in the country.

    One source said: ‘He said he had had enough of living in London.

    ‘He wanted to get out somewhere that was quieter, safer and had more space for his kids to grow up in and do things like horseriding.’

    The Candy brothers, from a middle-class family in Epsom, Surrey, launched their business in 1995 with the renovation of a one-bedroom flat in Earl’s Court, London, which they bought with the help of a loan from their grandmother. They are pictured together in 2011

    This bespoke two storey treehouse for the children to play in has a secret staircase hidden behind a bookshelf, while a wardrobe door opens to reveal a slide to the lawn below, evoking the Narnia stories

    This horse’s head statue is tucked away in the corner of the estate, in front of a guest house. The £200,000 bronze statue of a horse’s head was made by British sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green

    The guest house, labelled Guest House 1 on our diagram above, was built on the site of a mock-Tudor house, left, bought for £6 million in 2016 and then demolished, the red-brick mansion has a 40-metre outdoor pool and sun terrace and was built using reclaimed bricks and roof tiles to achieve a weathered look

    We marvelled at the sprawling estate made up of five properties that pop star Ed Sheeran has put together (above) at a cost of £3.7 million. But even ‘Sheeranville’ – featured in last week’s Mail on Sunday and above in this diagram – pales in comparison with the jaw-dropping opulence of property magnate Christian Candy’s home

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    Winnipeg police looking to retrieve stolen gun after residential break-in

    Winnipeg police are on the lookout for a stolen handgun after a break and enter in the Island Lakes area.

    An off-duty Manitoba RCMP officer reported to police Friday evening that his service pistol and taser had been stolen from a safe during the break-in. The caller told police the firearm was secured with a trigger lock and was not loaded.

    Investigators say the firearm is a Smith & Wesson 5906 handgun with an RCMP emblem on the side. The taser is a black and yellow x26 model.

    In a media release, police say numerous personal items were also stolen from the residence in the break-in, which is believed to have occurred on August 15 or 16.

    The major crimes unit is continuing with the investigation. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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