Gloria Vanderbilt the “Jeans Queen” dies at 95 

US fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt has died aged 95. Vanderbilt, known as the “poor little rich girl”, was the great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a 19th Century tycoon. The socialite, was married several times, made her name in the 1970s and ‘80s as a designer jeans pioneer. Gloria who loved life, and lived it on her…

Standard stake sale to Saudi sutlan triggers public interest

The Saudi buyer’s buying of stakes in the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers has been thrown doubt after the government said it was “minded” to intervene in the deal on public interest grounds. Russian Businessman Evgeny Lebedev has sold minority stakes of the two titles to Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel over the past two years to…

Help to. Buy significant market risk

Help to Buy was introduced by David Cameron’s coalition government in 2013, with the aim of helping more people to get on the property ladder, instead  63 per cent of people using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme could have purchased their properties without it, and 19  per cent were not first time buyers. According…

Grenfell Tower tragedy remembered two years on

Seventy-two people died when the blaze broke out in the 24-storey block of flat on Latimer Road, North Kensington, West London, just before 01:00 BST on 14 June 2017 exactly two years ago. Why Grenfell Tower burned as regulators put A mosaic memorial, garden and a silent walk are part of the remembrance dedicated to…

King of good times booed

Embattled liquor tycoon and fugitive   63-year-old Vijay Mallya “King of Good Times” who is awaiting extradition to India, and wanted in India on charges of fraud, money laundering and defaulting on loans amounting £102m was met with chants of “chor chor” ( Thief, Thief) at The Oval cricket ground on Monday where he had gone…

Obituary: Marguerite Brennan 94, diplomatic reporter

I first met Marguerite Brennan when working at World Times 68 Fleet Street in 1980. As our Embassy Reporter, Marguerite had a job where she had not only to be on her very very best behavior but also needed to dress impeccably for every Embassy Party or Ambasadorial function wheresoever she went in London. That…

1killed after Helicopter crash lands on AXA Tower

A helicopter twin-engine Agusta A109E, crash–landed on top of a skyscraper in Manhattan, which killed the pilot Tim McCormack. The incident sparks a rooftop fire, which was extinguished after some workers were rescued from the tower but none were hurt. The office building close to Times Square shook from the impact, New York Governor Andrew…

Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise

On Sunday Justin Bieber Challenged Tom Cruise to join him in the Octagib ( The Ultimate Fighting Championship ring) to solve a problem so fiendishly difficult no-one had previously bothered to think of it. The 25-year-old pop star who stands 5ft 9in ( 175cn) and sells over 150m records attracting over 106 million Twitter followers…

Hong Kong protesters against extradition bill

  Several thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law that critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory. Most protesters are marching in the sweltering heat dressed in white. The extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. The government says the…

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

ICC World Cup Afghanistan Vs New Zealand ODI 13 of 48 at County Ground , Taunton. Afghanistan 172 ao (41.1ov ) Hazratullah 34 off 28, 5 fours, 1 six,NSA Zadran 31 off 38, 5  fours, Hashmatullah 59 off 99, 9 fours, Neesham 5-31, Ferguson 4-37. New Zealand 173-3( 32.1. ov) Williamson 79 off 98, 9…