LMax

Mayor Johnson Says London Unlikely To Suffer House-price Crash

London Police Use Super Recognizers to Fight Crime

Johnson was speaking a day after Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the second phase of the governments Help to Buy program will start next week, three months earlier than planned. Cameron and other ministers have dismissed criticism that the plan, to aid Britons frozen out of the property market by the need for high deposits, will create an unsustainable property boom. I do think you are seeing very serious inflation in house prices in London, Johnson said in an interview today near Manchester, northern England , where hes attending his partys annual conference. Whether that is likely to produce a popping of that bubble, a very big fall in house prices, I slightly doubt, because the natural demand is so strong. Help to Buy has drawn warnings of a property bubble from the International Monetary Fund and from Business Secretary Vince Cable, a member of the Tories coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats. The first phase, interest-free loans for buyers of newly built homes, began in April and has already contributed to the strongest housing market since the financial crisis. Cameron argues property-price inflation hasnt hit areas outside of the capital. Very Difficult I dont think there will be a big falling-off of property values, Johnson said. On the contrary, I think Londoners will continue to find it very difficult to afford new homes. The answer has got to be to build hundreds of thousands more of them. Asking prices for homes in London were 8.2 percent higher this month than a year earlier, Rightmove Plc (RMV) said Sept. 16. Thats almost twice as much as the national increase of 4.5 percent. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Sept.

Jet centre at London Southend Airport wants to take on Biggin Hill in second year

I still cant for the life of me figure out why commissioner Roger Goodell seems so intent on having an NFL franchise in London one day. I think it would be a logistical nightmare — as does Steelers free safety Ryan Clark who told ESPNs “NFL Live” on Wednesday that he would retire before playing for a London-based team if he had to make that choice. Then there is the reality of how rooted futbol is in Europe. Kovacevic illustrates how a major difference between futbol and football is one reason why the latter has never really caught on across the Atlantic Ocean. The Steelers’ players echoed the sentiments of their coach before the team left for London. There are ample sightseeing opportunities in London, but the Steelers wont take advantage of them since they are focused on coming home with a win . The Steelers need improved play along the offensive line if they are to beat the Minnesota Vikings and avoid an 0-4 start. In their quest to find the right combination up front the Steelers will continue to rotate Kelvin Beachum at tackle with Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. Adams and Gilbert have each struggled through the first three games, and if they dont show marked improvement Beachum will see the field more and more. The Steelers dont have a lot of other options as they try to get better play out of their line, and their hope has to be that some competition will compel Adams and Gilbert to raise their respective games. Kion Wilson has started the last two games at strongside inside linebacker but rookie Vince Williams is on track to make the position his . The sixth-round draft pick played 75 percent of the defensive snaps, considerably more than Wilson, last Sunday night, and it is worth noting that the Steelers list the two as co-starters on their depth chart.

The London South Airport executive handling area features conference rooms and a pilots rest zone. Stobart Airs executive handling facility at London Southend Airport celebrated its first anniversary this July and is viewing London Biggin Hill Airport as its main short-term competitor as it moves into its second year. Hannah Lo Bao, executive handling manager, joined the airports business aviation terminal in May 2013, after leaving NetJets in Lisbon. While showing Corporate Jet Investor around the Southend facility in July, she said the airport was handling three or four business jets per day, but wanted to bring the total up to 20 movements in the near future. This would see the airport surpass the likes of London City Airport and Northolt , but fall just short of Biggin Hill. Although further outside of London than Biggin Hill, passengers arriving at Southend can travel into the City in little more than hour, with Lo Bao claiming: We are in fact a lot closer than other London airports and are [more] reasonably priced than some of our competitors. Stobart Group has invested over 100 million in the airport since acquiring it in 2008. Recent developments have included a new 100 metre air traffic control tower, an onsite four-star hotel, which is regularly used by business jet flight crews, and a 500,000 executive FBO, which although spacious, is deliberately not as luxurious as rival FBOs. In contrast to Rizon Jets facility at Biggin Hill, which features a self-watering living wall, or London City Airport, which unveiled a refurbished private jet centre this summer that has reduced waiting time to 90 seconds, Alastair Welch, managing director of London Southend Airport, said the airport was careful not to fall into the trap of funding a million pound development that contradicts the fast and fuss-free nature of business aviation. One major advantage of the Southends executive handling facility is that it is open 24 hours a day with onsite Customs and Immigration services also available permantently. As another incentive, Stobart Exective Handling is currently offering free landing fees for business aircraft landing between 7am-9pm until 31 October 2013.

London hardly abuzz over return of NFL

From Monday until Friday a collection of London poets, including rising star Amy Acre who appeared at this years Latitude festival, will give recitals at some of Londons busiest train and tube stations as part of a wider TfL Travel Better London marketing campaign encouraging commuters to be more considerate towards their fellow travellers. Poets in residence will be performing at nine London stations, including Liverpool Street, Waterloo, London Bridge and Leicester Square, at lunchtime and during the early evening commute for the entire week, with further pop-up performances around the TfL network. TfLs week of poetiquette recitals coincides with National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October. The London public transport authority, which has a long tradition of promoting poetry on its tube network, has also set up a Tumblr page which invites travellers to submit four-to-six-line poems inspired by their daily commute. Acre said: I think people when theyre on the tube are so in that zone of huddling in and just getting through it and getting to work. Its nice to give people something a bit different and maybe inspire them and make them think in a different way, even if its just for a minute. This project is a great opportunity to get poetry out there to more people that maybe would never listen to it and it wouldnt occur to them that they might like it. The nine poets will be writing topical verses and giving recitals in busking spots at their local station, with Acre performing at London Bridge. The other poets giving twice-daily recitals are Amy McAllister (performing at Angel), Jacqueline Saphra (Canary Wharf), Sarah Wardle (Embankment), Sophie Herxheimer (Knightsbridge), Richard Purnell (Hammersmith), Joolz Sparkes (Leicester Square), Deanna Rodger (Liverpool Street) and Dan Simpson (Waterloo). Acre, McAllister, Simpson, Rodger and Purnell will also be performing at other TfL locations, along with poets Emma Jones, Keith Jarrett, Raymond Antrobus and Richard Marsh. The recitals kick off a wider TfL marketing campaign that will also feature poster advertising across London public transport including tube, bus, rail, trams and the Docklands Light Railway. Poster ads will feature drawings by graphic artists illustrating poetry urging commuters not to drop litter, obstruct train doors and if they are taken ill on the underground, not to push the alarm button but wait and get off at the next station. One of the ads features the lines: Its tempting to obstruct the doors, until you know what this can cause. It doesnt just delay the train, but can cause damage, hurt and pain. TfL said it was launching the poetiquette campaign to cut down on 400 hours of tube train delays a year, which it said could be avoided by small changes to commuters habits. It added that in 2012 there were 469 incidents involving litter leading to delays, with 81% caused by litter caught in train doors, while more than 1,000 passengers fell ill while travelling on the tube network.

London transport authority tackles tube etiquette with poetry

Officials say they have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals and assaults. “When we have an image of an unidentified criminal, I know exactly who to ask instead of sending it out to everyone and getting a bunch of false leads,” said Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard. Neville started the super recognizer unit after realizing the police had no system for identifying criminals based on images, unlike those for DNA and fingerprints. The unit proved especially valuable after riots hit London in the summer of 2011. After the violence, Scotland Yard combed through hundreds of hours of surveillance video. So far, there have been nearly 5,000 arrests; around 4,000 of those were based on police identifications of suspects from video images. The super recognizers were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the identifications, including one officer who identified almost 300 people. A facial recognition software program made only one successful identification, according to Neville. Weeks before the Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street festival in Europe, kicked off last month, the super recognizers were given images of known criminals and gang members. After the carnival began, 17 super recognizers holed up in a control room to study surveillance footage and spot the potential troublemakers. Once targeted people were identified, police officers were sent to the scene as a pre-emptive strategy. Neville said that likely prevented some crimes like thefts and assaults. Neville said one super recognizer saw what he thought was a drug deal, but wasn’t sure. The next day, the super recognizer saw the same person and when police intervened, they found the suspect with crack cocaine.